With a street patios picked up watching Only Fools and Horses on Dave, it is with confidence we can assert that there will be ‘snow’ (or some other drug) this Christmas for nearly one in ten 16-25 year olds in the South West (7 per cent), who claim the party season is when they are more likely to encounter drugs, or do or say something they later regret (26 per cent), according to drugs information service, FRANK.
Only a quarter regretting something they say during the whole of the Christmas period? That’s pretty good going (we wonder how many of those 26 per cent regretted admitting that).
FRANK says the overwhelming majority (94 per cent) of those surveyed say people are more likely to get carried away and over-do it at Christmas compared to any other time of year, seeing the party season as a good excuse to let rip and indulge. Around half expect to drink too much alcohol (40 per cent) and go out too much (52 per cent).
According to FRANK, while young people are looking forward to a quiet Christmas with their family, over half put overindulging down to escaping the pressures and strains of the season (52 per cent), including the sense of anti-climax (48 per cent), money worries (42 per cent) and family members getting under each other’s feet (33 per cent).
With nearly a quarter of teens in the South West expecting to get embarrassingly drunk (22%), or spend some time hung-over or on a come down (21 per cent), FRANK reminds people to take care when getting swept up in this year’s festivities.
You can contact FRANK for free confidential information and advice at any time of the day or night by calling 0800 77 66 00. You can also text FRANK a question to 82111 or visit the Talk to Frank website.