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Alcohol Abuse

Volume 281: debated on Tuesday 16 July 1996

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to promote new initiatives to reduce current levels of alcohol abuse with particular reference to (a) domestic violence and (b) heavy drinking among young people and children; and if he will make a statement. [37129]

We are currently working with the Health Education Authority to develop new health education messages based on the recommendations in our report "Sensible Drinking (1995)". This will include specific advice to the parents and carers of young people who drink alcohol and to the 16 to 24 age group. We will also be placing more emphasis than in the past on avoiding episodes of intoxication in view of the relationship between drunkenness and short-term harm, such as incidents of domestic violence.