If you drink, smoke, take drugs or otherwise muck around with your health and are not prepared to give up those bad habits, you would be advised not to fall ill in Andover.

Not that the health service in that bit of Hampshire is likely to complain - but you will certainly incur the opprobrium of local teenagers.

Health and education services in the town have been working on what they believe is a 'groundbreaking' community health Internet project for some time now, under the leadership of Andover trust chair Mary Coleman, and the result - Andover Attitude - went live last week.

The initiative aims 'to inform national thinking about the health attitudes of teenagers', as well as ensuring that 'young people' (ie 14 to 17-year- olds) are encouraged to take 'greater responsibility' for their health.

Ms Coleman adds: 'We must be sensitive to the needs of our customers.'

And what termagants they are. For example, 65 per cent of Andover teenagers think patients should pay the full cost of 'non-essential prescriptions'; 74 per cent of them say those with 'self-inflicted' illnesses who will not change their lifestyle should be denied free treatment; 80 per

cent want charges for 'hotel services'.

It should be interesting once they have had the chance to pursue what one student admits are 'controversial and sometimes contradictory views' further.

At least on this site, controversy is likely to get a look in.

Don't go searching for dissent on the government's new Wired for Health schools project.

Although slick and professional in its presentation, this joint initiative by the departments of health and education tends to rely rather heavily on official press releases - which should give teachers and kids alike an on-message, if somewhat blinkered, view of things.

I think I'll stick with Andover.