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Monday 13th September 2010

The British Red Cross is launching a new campaign aimed at 11-16 year olds, to help young people learn life-saving skills so they are better able to cope in an emergency.  

Findings from a new Red Cross study reveal that young teenagers feel ill-equipped to handle first aid emergencies related to drinking alcohol. In the past 12 months more than 1 in 10 (12%) 11-16 year olds have been left to cope with a drunken friend who was sick, injured or unconscious. Half of these had to deal with someone who had passed out and a quarter had to deal with an injured friend who had been drunk and in a fight.   

A large number of young people who stepped in to help were left distressed as they were unsure whether they had done the correct thing. Close to half (47%) were worried their friend would choke on their own vomit or wouldnt wake up (35%).  And 4 out of 5 (82%) said that they would feel safer if they had some first aid knowledge.

Joe Mulligan, first aid expert at the British Red Cross, said:

"In recent years, the issue of young people drinking to excess has been a regular feature in the media but their vital role in saving lives when they and their friends find themselves in vulnerable situations generally has not been mentioned.  We need to ensure that every young person €“ irrespective of whether theyre drinking €“ has the ability and confidence to cope in a crisis."

Despite first aid being introduced to the PSHE curriculum for England in September 2008, the research suggests that only 1 in 20 (5%) 11-16 year olds have been taught first aid.  However almost all (97%) 11-16 year olds would welcome first aid education and believe it would improve their confidence, skills and willingness to act in a crisis. If you want to learn more, visit the British Red Cross website or click on one of the following:

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