Children invent ‘too much alcohol app’

Witney Gazette: Chief Constable Sara Thornton with Bartholomew School pupils Alysha McCluskey, 11, and Louis Hynes, 12 Chief Constable Sara Thornton with Bartholomew School pupils Alysha McCluskey, 11, and Louis Hynes, 12

THEY’RE too young to drink but a group of schoolchildren have come up with an idea for an app advising adults about the consumption of alcohol. Ten pupils from Bartholomew School, in Eynsham, came up with the idea at an event organised by the West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership at Langdale Hall, Witney.

In their presentation to police and council representatives, the children said users of the mobile phone app would be able to enter how much they drink each day and it would calculate how much they have drunk on average, the cost of alcohol and what else the money could be spent on.

Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Sara Thornton was among those who met with pupils.

Local schools officer Pc Dale Schnelting said: “They thought there were too many people who basically drink too much alcohol.

“The idea was the app could be extended in the future for other issues as well.

“I know that the district council is now looking at the winners’ idea and considering taking it forward and bringing it to fruition.”

Sixty children from six schools took part. Each group was asked to develop an idea on how they would spend £30,000 on improving their community.

The Bartholomew School pupils won £150 book vouchers for their school. Runners-up, Chipping Norton School, won £50 vouchers.

It was the fourth time the event had been run and PC Schnelting, who started his role three weeks ago, said he wants to invite Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron next year.

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7:39pm Sun 9 Mar 14

mytaxes says...

"Local schools officer Pc Dale Schnelting said: “They thought there were too many people who basically drink too much alcohol." I wonder if they will still think that in two or three years time when they start experimenting.
"Local schools officer Pc Dale Schnelting said: “They thought there were too many people who basically drink too much alcohol." I wonder if they will still think that in two or three years time when they start experimenting. mytaxes
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12:39pm Mon 10 Mar 14

King Joke says...

Isn't the problem that, by the time you've had too much, your judgement is clouded and you think you're OK? You'll carry on drinking even if an app suggests you stop.
Isn't the problem that, by the time you've had too much, your judgement is clouded and you think you're OK? You'll carry on drinking even if an app suggests you stop. King Joke
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