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WDHB health promotion officer Chester Penaflor
Whanganui appeals to young people to drink sensibly

With this year’s ball season fast approaching, the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is appealing to young people to be careful when drinking alcohol – that doing so can cause short, and in some circumstances, long-term harm.

WDHB health promotion officer Chester Penaflor says he strongly supports the national Health Promotion Agency’s message that for young people under 18 years of age, choosing to not drink alcohol is the safest option.

It’s a message also endorsed by the Cancer Society of New Zealand which says evidence shows that because alcohol use can cause cancer, young people who wish to drink should delay doing so until they are 18 or over.

“According to the Ministry of Health, the rate of hazardous drinking among drinkers aged 15 to 17 years in 2011-12 was 21 percent and one in five (19 percent)  New Zealanders aged 15 years or more who drank alcohol in the past year now have a potentially hazardous drinking pattern,” Mr Penaflor says.

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