Don Foster MP


'Parents responsible for underage drinking'

September 13, 2023 by admin in News

Don Foster, Liberal Democrat culture spokesman, accused the Government of ‘hypocrisy’ for lecturing parents at the same time as introducing botched laws for 24-hour drinking.

He said: ‘I would not criticise the Home Office for saying parents should take some responsibility, but you cannot have your cake and eat it.

‘The Government has passed legislation which has increased the availability of alcohol hugely.’

The findings from the Offending Crime and Justice Survey show that 56 per cent of the 5.4million youngsters aged ten to 17 in England and Wales admitted drinking in the past year, including three out of ten children in the ten to 13 age group.

A total of 48 per cent said they had got the drink from their parents, while 23 per cent of those getting ‘very drunk’ at least once a month said their main source of alcohol was their parents.

Despite the illegality, 89 per cent said their parents did not mind as long as they did not drink ‘too much’. Three per cent said parents let them drink ‘as much as they liked’.

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