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Sad tale of late musician Amy Winehouse can be a lesson to wayward youth, say social workers in Thailand

The sad tale of the late musician Amy Winehouse can be a lesson to wayward youth, according to social workers in Thailand.

Wayward Thai youth set to see Amy Winehouse documentary. Credit: PA

The Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the Stop Drink Network arranged for nearly 100 boys from a juvenile detention centre, and dozens of university students and members of various youth groups, to watch the film Amy.

The well-received documentary charts her battle with addiction to drug and drink before her death in 2011 - at the age of 27.

I think Amy's story is a real story that reflects real problems in the society, especially among teenagers.

When Amy felt too much pressure, she acted out and started drinking, but she was gifted and she found that gift.

It's not too late for the students to find their gifts and learn from her mistakes.

– Kamron Chudecha of the Stop Drink Network.

The film documents Winehouse's talent, how she tried to cope with the pressures of fame, and her death of accidental alcohol poisoning.

The juvenile detention centre outside Bangkok houses youths sent there for serious crimes such as murder and drug-related crimes with sentences of five years or more.

Books and films are shown and discussed as part of the effort to rehabilitate them.