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Posted On: 4th Oct 2017

A Shot of Reality

Dylan McGroarty
The young people watch their Fixers film
Scene from Fixers film

A group of young people from Portstewart are sending a sobering reminder to their peers about the dangers of alcohol abuse.

 

Dylan McGroarty, 18, and his team are concerned that teenagers who binge drink are often unaware of the potentially fatal consequences.

 

So they’ve made a powerful film with Fixers encouraging young people to be more responsible when it comes to alcohol.

 

‘We’re from a seaside resort so people often come out to the beach and have a drink with their friends,’ says Dylan.

 

‘But sometimes we see individuals get taken off in ambulances, picked up by police or be sick by the road and it nearly always is alcohol-related.

 

‘You can have a good time without the need to drink excessively, which can be extremely dangerous.

 

‘There is an awful lot of peer pressure involved when you’re young and you don’t want to feel like the odd one out by not drinking, but sometimes you have to consider your future.

 

‘Don’t waste your potential.’

 

Dylan, who rarely drinks himself, says he’s learned lessons from seeing the damaging impact that alcohol can have on young people.

 

The team’s dramatised film shows just how devastating alcohol poisoning can be and warns young people not to put their lives on the line for the sake of a good time.

 

Watch the film at the top of this page. 

 

 

They plan to share the piece in local schools and colleges to get their message across.

 

Dylan adds: ‘I think the film is really powerful and sends a strong message out to others our age.

 

‘We hope it will make young people think twice and understand that alcohol is not the only way to enjoy yourself.’

 

This Fixers project was supported by Causeway Rural and Urban Network.

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: N. Farooq

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