Chief Medical Officer’s guidance on alcohol and young people

CMO’s Guidance on Alcohol and Young People  from Drug Education Forum

This guidance was produced in 2009 and is still current. The full document can be found here. Key messages include:

  • Young people should not drink alcohol under the age of 15.
  • From 15-17 if young people drink alcohol it should always be with the guidance of a parent or carer or in a supervised environment.
  • Parents and young people should be aware that drinking, even at age 15 or older, can be hazardous to health and that not drinking is the healthiest option for young people.
  • If 15 to 17 year olds do consume alcohol, they should do so infrequently and certainly on no more than one day a week.
  • Young people aged 15 to 17 years should never exceed recommended adult daily limits and, on days when they drink, consumption should usually be below such levels.


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