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Final call for views on underage drinking

The Department for Children, Schools & Families (DCSF) is calling all key stakeholders and partners, including the medical sector, to have their say and get involved with the consultation on alcohol and young people before the closing date of 23 April 2009.
DCSF has already had an excellent response to the consultation, with over a third of feedback being generated by young people themselves. This clearly demonstrates that young people are concerned about issues surrounding alcohol consumption and are keen to have their say on the matter. 

There is a strong suggestion that introducing alcohol at a younger age within the confines of the family home may be beneficial to teaching children how to maintain a safe and healthy relationship with alcohol as they grow older, however this point is still up for debate.
While an alcohol-free childhood is recommended by Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, the reality is that by the age of 15 many children have already consumed alcohol and substantial numbers drink weekly. 
The government now wants to ensure that they have reached as many people as possible through their consultation process from. The aim is to get as many opinions as possible in order to help communicate the guidance from the CMO in the most effective and impactful way possible as well as to provide appropriate information on alcohol to parents and young people.

Sir Liam Donaldson says: "Evidence shows how those in the medical sector can influence young people's alcohol use, by having strict rules on young people's drinking; through supervision and management; and through the closeness of their relationships with their children. 
"With the help of key stakeholders as well as parents and young people, we hope that this guidance will act as a valuable tool for reducing the impact of youth alcohol consumption on health, crime, violence and anti-social behaviour."
For more information or to get involved before the closing date of 23 April 2009, please visit the DCSF website: