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Police move cuts youth drinking

Almost three-quarters of under-16s reduced their alcohol intake after police caught them drinking in the street, a new study has suggested.

Researchers questioned 100 youngsters aged 12-16 after their contact with Lothian and Borders Police officers.

More than six in 10 (62%) of those surveyed said they had drunk alcohol since police caught them, but almost four in 10 (38%) said they had not.

In total, 74% said they were drinking less and had changed what they drank.

The survey assessed the impact of Operation Floorsweep, which aimed to target under-age drinking and associated anti-social behaviour.

Buckfast tonic wine was the most popular alcohol, drunk by 37%, while 31% drank both alcopops and spirits.

Full story at BBC Scotland.

Buckfast Tonic Wine is made by the Roman Catholic Community of Benedictine monks at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, and distributed by J. Chandler & Co (Buckfast) Ltd of Andover.

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