Charity and lobby group Alcohol Concern attracted attention for its ‘A Glass Half Empty?’ review of the Government’s Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy.
But among a range of potential policies to curb childhood drinking, one suggestion drew particular interest.
‘Prosecute parents for underage drinking, says charity’ (Mark Oliver, The Guardian, 27 April) and ‘Parents face charges for giving children alcohol’ (metro.co.uk, 26 April) offered headline summaries of the group’s most controversial proposal.
The backlash was swift. ‘Alcohol Concern... did itself no favours by taking an absolutist position’ (Mary Dejevsky, The Independent, 28 April).
Health minister Caroline Flint said the proposal was unenforcable and that there was no evidence that sensible drinking at home led to underage binge-drinking (bbc.co.uk, 27 April).
David Poley, CEO of Portman Group, representing most UK alcohol firms, advocated Continental-style moderate, supervised drinking with meals: ‘Alcohol Concern’s proposal would not get to the root of the problem, which is children drinking unsupervised in parks’ (Marketing Week, 27 April).
Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow.