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Behaviour when drunk can result in a criminal record, which lasts a lot longer than a hangover - Coyle

Published: 17 November, 2014

Today, Sinn Féin Councillor Debbie Coyle attended the launch of the Fermanagh Drug and Alcohol Forum "Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week" in the Erne Integrated College. This opening event was organised in conjunction with The Devenish Partnership Forum and 'Time for Change.'

Speaking after the launch, Cllr. Coyle who is a member of the Fermanagh Drug and Alcohol Forum said,

"Alcohol and drug misuse is one of the many public health challenges we face. The links between alcohol misuse, mental health, suicide and self-harm are particularly concerning.

"That is why addressing the harm related to substance misuse needs to be a key priority for the local people, the local Councils and the Executive.

"Our local people, not just our young people need to be aware that your behaviour when you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs can result in you getting a criminal record, which lasts a lot longer than a hangover.

The Enniskillen town councillor continues,

"The events running throughout the course of the week are a great example of what is possible when public, voluntary and community organisations work together targeting specific issues, which impact people in a particular way.

"As a community, we need to stand together and educate our society. It is not about lecturing young people or communities, but rather a process of recognition, awareness and engagement; recognising there is a problem, raising awareness on all aspects of drug and alcohol abuse, and engaging with young people." ENDS