Concern over youngsters drinking to excess

NZ Herald Jan 1, 2011
Young people, particularly girls, drinking excessively and putting themselves at risk are concerning police. Senior Sergeant Pete Van De Wetering said today police in Whangamata dealt with far fewer New Year’s Eve incidents than in previous years but there was an issue with young people drinking excessively. ..Mr Van De Wetering said the incidents followed others earlier in the week when police dealt with two drunken 16-year-old Te Awamutu girls alone at a Whangamata property with a large quantity of alcohol and a 14-year-old Auckland girl who told officers she had taken drugs when they found her having underage sex with a 16-year-old boy. “Parents and caregivers need to understand that trying to be their teenager’s best friend is not the answer, these young people need supervision as they are losing their situational awareness and putting themselves in situations they can’t easily get out of,” Mr Van De Wetering said.