'Don't let your kids drink, government tells parents'

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"Sir Liam Donaldson, the chief medical officer, will this week tell parents that children under the age of 15 must not be allowed to drink. The...

"Sir Liam Donaldson, the chief medical officer, will this week tell parents that children under the age of 15 must not be allowed to drink. The recommendation is contained in the first set of guidelines Whitehall has produced to advise parents and young people about the risks of drinking alcohol. They will reopen the debate about whether parents should allow their offspring to have small amounts of alcohol in order to demystify its appeal or whether abstinence is more likely to encourage children and young people to have a responsible attitude. Critics last night predicted that Donaldson would make life difficult for responsible parents trying to promote a sensible approach in their children." - Observer

"The drinks industry is quick to blame the economy for [its] problems but, plainly, this is nonsense. I have absolutely no idea what beer costs, but I bet you can buy two pints and a packet of pork itchings for less than the price of a parking ticket. Plainly, then, it's not money that's keeping people away from pubs, which leads us directly to the fact that the one thing you cannot do in a smoking room is smoke. There's no doubt that this has had a profound effect on the licensing trade, and David Cameron must make it a top priority to overturn the ban the moment he takes office." - Jeremy Clarkson, writing the in the Sunday Times

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