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Alcohol Misuse

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of children living with parents who misuse alcohol; and if he will make a statement. (91983)

Recent Turning Point research suggests that up to 1.3 million children in the UK live with parents who misuse alcohol.

The Government fully acknowledge that parental alcohol misuse can have serious consequences for children and young people. The Government are addressing parental alcohol misuse and the harm it causes through action by local children’s services within the “Every Child Matters” programme.

The Children Act 2004 places on Directors of Children’s Services responsibility to protect children and young people from significant harm, including from alcohol misusing parents.

The Government also encourage sensible drinking by adults through unit labelling and health messages.