UNDERAGE boozers across Kirklees are being told: Sign up for class or face an Asbo.
A scheme to stop youngsters drinking on the street is to be rolled out across the district following its success in anti-social behaviour hotspots in Huddersfield.
About 70 teenagers – aged 13 and older – have already taken part in the Kirklees Alcohol Course.
Introduced last year, the initiative identifies underage drinkers and offers them the chance to attend a one-night course about the impacts of alcohol.
If they refuse they are told they face getting an anti-social behaviour order.
Sgt Adrian Waugh, of Huddersfield North Neighbourhood Policing Team, said it was created because the police were getting caught up on Friday and Saturday nights dealing with high numbers of complaints of youths drinking in public.
He said: "The aim of the course is to educate young people who are caught drinking in public and a give them the chance to move away from being criminalised.
"We are therefore able to underline the dangers of alcohol to their health and the consequences of their actions.
"The majority of the areas we target have been identified as suffering from anti-social behaviour linked to under age drinking.
"This is their one and only chance. If they reject it, they are referred to the courts."
Sgt Waugh said no-one had rejected the offer to go on the course so far.
He said the sessions were already making an impact.
"Many people have approached us in the streets to say they have seen fewer young people out drinking," he said.
"Feedback from the young people has also been excellent and we hope that they are taking on board all the information they have been given."
The courses will now be held at Huddersfield Police Station and Dewsbury Fire Station.
They are run in partnership with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Kirklees Council’s licensing department, Kirklees youth offending team and West Yorkshire Trading Standards.
Watch manager Chris Atkinson, Kirklees district support officer for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We speak to the young people about the impact their actions can have on themselves and their family and friends.
"Unfortunately firefighters are the ones who must pick up the pieces when someone has been drinking and involved in a road traffic collision or when somebody decides to cook when drunk.
"We hope that by showing them the shocking consequences of their actions, they will behave responsibly."