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Yarmouth student's binge drinking film

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:24 03 July 2010

A hard-hitting film showing the dangers of binge drinking among Great Yarmouth youngsters is to receive its premiere on Tuesday.

One Drink Too Far shows how a group of four friends end up in a fight and get their drinks spiked as they trawl around the town's bars and pubs.

A hard-hitting film showing the dangers of binge drinking among Great Yarmouth youngsters is to receive its premiere on Tuesday.

One Drink Too Far shows how a group of four friends end up in a fight and get their drinks spiked as they trawl around the town's bars and pubs.

The 12-minute film was written and acted by 17-year-old Yarmouth College media students Charlie Baldwin and Siobhan Barrow, who used the experiences of other students to base their script on.

In the film Charlie collapses when her drink is spiked in a Yarmouth bar and one of her male friends becomes involved in a fight.

It is hoped that the film's realistic scenes of late night drinking chaos will make other students and young people think twice before they drink to excess.

The film was shot over three nights in Great Yarmouth and will be premiered at the James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston.

One Drink Too Far, which is a joint project between the police, the JPH, NHS Yarmouth and Waveney and Mike Butcher of Yarmouth's Long Bar, could also be shown to schools across the region.

Charlie, from Great Yarmouth, said: “Binge drinking is happening to lots of people of our age. You can not stop young people drinking, but we hope the film will make people more aware of the dangerous situations you could end up in by drinking excessively.”

The two budding film makers hope that their project will appeal to youngsters as it does not preach at them and is based on real life events.

Siobhan, also from Great Yarmouth, said: “I think the film will have a big impact on young people if it was played in schools because they would talk it about it with friends.”

The head of Yarmouth police, Supt Jim Smerdon, praised the girl's film, which complements a binge drinking DVD to be released by the police in September.

He said: “This is an extremely worthwhile project. It is vital that drinkers - young or old - take responsibilities for their own actions.”

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