Azara Blog: Alcohol Concern proposes ridiculous tightening of alcohol laws

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Date published: 2007/04/27

The BBC says:

Parents who give alcohol to children aged under 15 should be prosecuted, a charity has said.

The call comes in an Alcohol Concern report on the government's Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy.

The study highlights figures that suggest a large increase in the amount of alcohol being drunk by 11 to 13-year-olds.

Public health minister Caroline Flint told the BBC she did not agree with the proposals.

Alcohol Concern also wants a 16% rise in alcohol taxes, a ban on brewers selling to retailers at a loss, and a crackdown on under-age alcohol sales
Alcohol Concern said the drink-drive limit should be lowered from 80mg to 50mg per 100ml of blood.

For once a government minister has it right. Alcohol Concern is one of those special intererst groups which should just be ignored. They obviously have little common sense. Their proposal to make it illegal for parents to give alcohol to children aged under 15 is particularly risible. They want to screw the majority just because a small minority cannot control itself. These proposals are so whacky it looks more like Alcohol Concern just trying to justify their existence and make themselves noticed, rather than anything else.

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