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NICE says ban teens from drink

28th November 2007

Guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has stated that children aged under 18 should not be given alcohol under any circumstances.

Figures indicate that one in every 5 pupils at secondary schools drinks on a regular basis. However, Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, said that families could encourage a responsible attitude: "[as] part of a sensible approach to alcohol for teenagers from time to time to have a drink at home."

NICE's recommendations state that measures should aim towards "encouraging children not to drink, delaying the age at which they start and reducing the harm it can cause among those who do drink."



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