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New racism fear

BLACK CHILDREN who suffer racism are more likely to turn to drink and drugs, says a new study. The Black Child Report, published by the Peoplescience Intelligence Unit, found "a very worrying link" between racism and youngsters who smoke and drink. It suggests that children who experienced racism from teachers are te worst affected.

The findings are based on a survey of 612 black children in Britain, which found that one in six continues to experience racism. While the numbers of black children smoking both cigarettes and cannabis have fallen in the last three years, alcohol use has risen by almost 50 per cent.

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