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Parents need to get tougher on alcohol, claims chief medical officer

Published on 21/12/2009
Parents are being too lenient when giving teenagers alcohol, according to the UK's chief medical officer.

Sir Liam Donaldson has criticised what he termed a "middle-class obsession" surrounding the idea of providing a glass of watered-down wine for a child, in the misguided hope that it will introduce them to sensible drinking habits.

The medical expert said parents should give children under-15 no alcohol at all, while those aged from 15 to 18 should only be allowed a small amount no more than once a week.

Those who were introduced to drinking at an early age were more likely to develop alcohol-related problems later in life, he said.

Sir Donaldson stated: "The more they get a taste for it, the more likely they are to be heavy drinking adults or binge drinkers later in childhood."

According to a recent NHS survey, school pupils were three times more likely to drink alcohol if they lived with other drinkers, and were also more likely to drink if they believed their parents were tolerant of their drinking.
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