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One Too Many in Cornwall?

13th September 2009

NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly’s Health Promotion team is supporting a campaign called “One Too Many” as part of national Sexual Health Week, 14-20 September. “One Too Many” is a national campaign that looks at the sexual risks young people may face whilst drinking socially and importantly, how they can avoid those risks. The campaign will be launched across the Cornwall College campuses as part of Freshers Season; a time when young people are particularly likely to be partying. Matt Walker, Health Promotion’s Young Peoples Alcohol Worker said: “This campaign is particularly important because this summer Cornwall made national headlines for all the wrong reasons. “One Too Many” builds on the success we have had with the BLITZ project which educates secondary school pupils across the county about the dangers of alcohol.  Drinking and sexual risk taking are not always spoken about and we feel that by raising awareness of the risks, young people will be better informed and know where to access help if they are in difficulty.” Emma Gardner, Health Promotion’s Young Peoples Sexual Health Worker said: “The implications for young people engaging in risky sexual behaviour are that they are at greater risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection or becoming a young parent.  Young people are far more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour under the influence or alcohol and the hope is that through this campaign we can raise awareness and promote safe sexual activity.” Posters and leaflets will be on display in student unions, GP surgeries, NHS walk-in centres and sexual health clinics. For more information, call the Health Promotion Team on 01209 313419.