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Volume 712: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the recommendation on alcohol abuse among young Londoners Too Much Too Young?; and whether they have in place other measures to reduce the level of alcohol abuse among young people. [HL4355]

The Youth Alcohol Action Plan set out the actions that Government will take to tackle young people's drinking through a mixture of education, enforcement and action with industry. Both of the national policy recommendations that the GLA report makes are already being addressed through delivering our Youth Alcohol Action Plan's commitments related to education.

We are currently revising the drug and alcohol guidance for schools, and Ministers have announced their intention to making drug and alcohol education statutory as part of personal, social, health and economic education, subject to consultation and parliamentary process. We are also developing a national communication campaign to discourage harmful drinking among under-18s. Our recent consultation on Children, Young People and Alcohol is part of this development work and the results will inform the campaign and the appropriate branding.

For those young people who do develop problems there are a record number of treatment places available for substance misuse (23,905 nationally). Alcohol is the second most common issue for young people currently in treatment.