Mocktails and beer goggles mark alcohol awareness week in Barking

Kareem Qassem, 14, Jaime Efionayi, 13, young mayor Angelica Olawepo, 17, Hassan Waseem, 13, Dale Smi

Kareem Qassem, 14, Jaime Efionayi, 13, young mayor Angelica Olawepo, 17, Hassan Waseem, 13, Dale Smith, 13, and Ishaq Ahmed, 13 at the CRI Subwize alcohol awareness stand at Barking Abbey School - Credit: Archant

Could you create a tower of paper cups while wearing beer goggles?

Pupils from secondary schools across the borough have been trying just that to mark alcohol awareness week, which runs until Sunday.

The youngsters wore special glasses to replicate the effects of drinking and get them thinking about the effects of alcohol.

Subwize, an outreach drug and alcohol support service based in Barking, is set to speak to about 2,000 students during the week to raise awareness.

Julia Mayer, Subwize’s team leader, said: “We are trying to engage young people in a fun way to show that we are here to help without judgement.”

Free mocktails will be available at a pop-up bar at Barking station from 12pm to 7pm today to promote non-alcoholic drinks to commuters.