Parents have been advised that children under 15 should never be given alcohol, BBC News reported. It said that Sir Liam Donaldson, England’s chief medical officer (CMO) has warned that children who drink are at risk of serious harm and that childhood should be an ‘alcohol free time’.
No, this advice has been released as part of new guidance on underage drinking. It has been put together in response to calls from parents for clearer messages on the effects and risks of drinking alcohol for young people.
It is still illegal for any child under the age of five to be given alcohol
The guidance is aimed at young people, so they can make sensible informed decisions about drinking, and parents who want to protect their children from harms associated with alcohol misuse. Health, education and children’s services professionals are also intended targets.
The CMOs advice is part of a wider consultation on alcohol and young people. The consultation will run for twelve weeks, and will seek the views of young people, carers, parents and other interested parties. If you would like to have your say, you can respond online at http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/consultations/.