New Norfolk DVD looks at youth alcohol issues
2009: An innovative new DVD and CD Rom has been made by young people in Norfolk looking at some of the issues around alcohol with support from Christian charity The Matthew Project’s T2 team, in partnership with Community Music East.
In Norfolk it is estimated that 13,000 children live in a household with at least one dependent drinker and there are 28,000 problem drinkers in Norfolk aged 16-24 years
In the UK it is estimated that 360,000 children aged 11-15 were drunk in the last week and 10,000 children aged 11-17 are admitted to hospital each year as a result of their alcohol consumption.
Excessive alcohol use in young people can lead to physical and mental health problems and often results in risk taking behaviour such as unprotected sex and anti-social behaviour and is also linked to decreased attendance and achievement at school, college or work. On the other hand, some young people manage to drink in moderation.
‘Not that I remember’, which was launched at The Garage in Norwich on April 23, has been made to encourage young people to talk more openly about some of these potential consequences of drinking alcohol and ensure they understand the importance of treating this potentially dangerous drink with respect.
The story line was devised by local young people and follows a group of friends over the course of an evening. The film shows the characters drinking and the changes in their behaviour.
The young people acted, recorded and edited the film and included issues which they felt were relevant to young people in Norfolk. In the voiceover they discuss related topics, the effect alcohol can have on confidence and self esteem and their opinions on why young people drink alcohol.
The Matthew Project is an innovative Christian charity working throughout Norfolk with young people, adults and communities affected by drug and alcohol misuse.
Director Julian Bryant, said: “Alcohol is a key issue for many young people in Norfolk, their parents and the communities in which they live. We have a situation where a significant number of young people are drinking too much but also a significant number of young people who are choosing not to drink alcohol at all.
“We want to get young people talking about why this is and how we work together, in a non-judgmental and positive way, to enable young people to live healthier and more fulfilled lives. That is why young people have made this fantastic DVD themselves. It is going to make a difference.”
The DVD is suitable for young people aged 11 years and over and the accompanying CD Rom includes printable worksheets and teachers notes.
T2 Senior Youth Worker Melanie Long said: “We wanted to produce a resource which gave teachers and young people a chance to look at some of the issues and feelings behind why young people drink, and hopefully the film and worksheets give young people the opportunity to think about their own attitudes and behaviour in relation to alcohol.“
T2 is a Norfolk-wide service for young people (19 or under) who want support and information about drugs and alcohol and related issues. Last year T2 supported over 371 individual young people and ran 252 group sessions supporting over 4,500 young people.
For more information and to receive a copy of ''Not that I remember'', call T2 on 01603 626123 or email email@example.com
The DVD is free of charge for groups and schools in Norfolk. If you live outside Norfolk, please send a cheque for £20 (made payable to The Matthew Project).
Please send cheques to The Matthew Project, 24 Pottergate, Norwich, NR2 1DX and please indicate you would like a copy of the Not that I remember DVD
Norfolk Children's Services helped provide funding towards this project.
To find out more about The Matthew Project visit www.matthewproject.org