December 31, 2008

British Plan for Child Alcohol Consumption Starting at Age 5

(United Kingdom) With alcohol-related deaths among young people rising 57 percent in the last 15 years and hospital admissions of young people with liver disease having more than doubled, the British government is planning to issue official guidelines for consumption of alcohol by children, ages 5 and up.

Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson expects to have the new child alcohol program available sometime this spring and before the summer binge season.

Proponents say children will then learn a sensible approach to drinking alcohol. Critics say the plan is just more "nanny state" government intervention. (more)

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