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At-a-glance: Youth alcohol plan

Here are key points from the government's new youth alcohol action plan:

  • Guidelines from Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson about young people, alcohol and health.
  • Recognising that drinking by young people in the home is the responsibility of parents and families, but providing them with the clear information they need to guide their children towards low risk drinking.
  • New laws to stop young people drinking in public places, including a new offence to tackle persistent possession of alcohol.
  • Publicity campaigns and education in schools to encourage young people to make the right decisions about alcohol, particularly aimed at 11-15 year olds.
  • Give police the powers to disperse under-18s who are drinking and behaving anti-socially from any location.
  • Extend alcohol arrest-referral pilots so that under-18s arrested for alcohol-related offences benefit from a brief intervention from a trained worker.
  • Working with the alcohol industry to reduce the sale of alcohol to under-18s but also in marketing and promoting alcohol in a more responsible way.
  • Encourage voluntary test purchasing schemes and the wider use of Proof of Age schemes.


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