AN MP today demanded action over boozy yobs.
Summer had been a heady and dangerous mix of hot weather and alcohol, said Colne Valley Labour MP Kali Mountford.
She said it was high time the Government delivered on its long-promised strategy of better health education and an ID scheme to cut under-age drinking.
Ms Mountford said: "The hot summer in our area has seen some dreadful drunken behaviour - it is not just confined to Faliraki in Rhodes.
"Even my own office had its windows broken by drunken youths walking past last month."
She said she was very concerned about binge drinking by young people.
"They perhaps do not drink much during the week when they have to get up for work or for college, but think nothing of drinking 15 to 20 pints on Fridays or Saturdays.
"They do not understand the damage they are causing to their own health, nor are they often aware of their unruly behaviour," said Ms Mountford.
The MP said another big concern was that the alcohol culture was spreading to very young people and girls in particular.
The Government's proposals included positive measures which could help greatly, she said.
Among them are:
* Proper labelling on bottles of alcohol, including a health warning and details of its strength.
* Reducing the sugar content of alcohol to make the taste less attractive to young people.
* The introduction of a proper ID scheme to rule out under-age drinking.
* Education and public awareness campaigns, making it clear that alcohol, like smoking, can seriously damage your health.
Ms Mountford said she had written to Melanie Johnson, Minister for Public Health asking her to bring in the strategy as soon as possible.
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