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Donaldson, Liam [Department of Health (UK)] . (2009) Guidance on the consumption of alcohol by children and young people. A report by the Chief Medical Officer. London: Department of Health. 101 p.

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In April 2008 the UK Chief Medical Officer was asked by the Secretaries of State for Health and for Children, Schools and Families to prepare guidance on the consumption of alcohol by children and young people.

Over the last decade, public concern about the impact of alcohol on health and society has steadily mounted. Particular concern has centred on the level and pattern of drinking among children and young people and its consequences on health, crime, violence and antisocial behaviour.

The key role of the Chief Medical Officer is to provide, for the Government and the public, advice without fear or favour. The best scientific evidence has been sought and used as the basis not just for presenting the facts, but also for making well-founded policy recommendations. The work to support the Department of Health in producing this report has been carried out by Professor Mark Bellis and his team at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University.

This guidance was published initially in draft form as part of a consultation on advice and information for children, young people and alcohol, being facilitated in England by the Department for Children, Schools and Families. The findings from this consultation have been collated and utilised in the development of this final version of the Chief Medical Officer’s guidance.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Department of Health (UK)
Date:17 December 2009
Pages:101 p.
Publisher:Department of Health
Place of Publication:London
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
L Social psychology and related concepts > Availability or accessibility to minors
N Communication, information and education > Recommendations or guidelines
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
T Demographic characteristics > Child
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences

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