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Child alcohol guidance due

29th January 2009

England’s chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson has advised parents that children under 15 should never be given alcohol, even in small quantities.

As ministers prepare to issue guidance on the issue for the first time, Sir Liam said childhood should be an "alcohol-free time". His advice follows findings in a recent survey that suggested 20% of 13-year-olds drank alcohol at least once a week. The guidance will also say children from 15-17 should not be given alcohol more than once a week.


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