Congratulations to Alcohol Concern who have won, "slam dunk" (if I may quote ex CIA Director Tenet), my prestigious "Prat of The Week" Award; for their absurd suggestion that parents should be prosecuted, if they give alcohol to children under 15 (even if it is only with a meal in their own home).
Alcohol Concern claim that this causes alcohol problems later in life.
I was allowed alcohol when I was a child, and look at me now!
Aside form that, here is why the suggestion is total and utter bollocks:
1 It is unenforceable (even Nanny's health minister, Caroline Flint, says that!).
2 The state, nor charities, should intervene in the way that parents bring up their children (where there are no child abuse issues).
3 The problem with underage drinking arises not because the "children" are drinking with their parents, but because they are drinking unsupervised. Therefore parents should drink with their children.
4 Let us assume that Alcohol Concern's recommendation was implemented, and booze banned from children under the age of 16/15. Once the "child" passes the magic age of 15/16, he/she is meant to face the world with all its temptations and problems without any experience of how to manage alcohol. How on earth does that help prepare the "child" for entry into the adult world? Surely this counts as child abuse?
5 The continentals allow alcohol with family meals, they seem to manage OK.
6 The root cause of anti social behaviour and binge drinking amongst "youths" is that they are thrown into the adult world without any real preparation. Physically they may well be "adult", mentally (because they have been cossetted, spoilt and kept in cotton wool by Nanny and over protective parents) they are immature, spoilt self centred children. They are not equipped to deal with responsibility or the real world. To ban parental supervision of drinking would exacerbate this situation.
Congratulations to Alcohol Concern for thoroughly earning your award!
Please drop them a note and let them know that they have won: firstname.lastname@example.org