Prosecute Parents To Stop Children's Drinking?
With binge drinking on the rise the latest idea to try and stop children's drinking is to prosecute their parents.
The suggestion comes from Alcohol Concern a charity that would like to see parents who give alcohol to children under 15, even at home, prosecuted.
The charity published the idea in a report in which it found a large increase in the amount of alcohol being drunk by 11 to 13 year olds
According to the report published by the Information Centre (IC) last November; 11 to 13 year old boys who had drunk alcohol the previous week drank an average of 12 units in 2006 compared to eight in 2000.
The figure for girls increased from just under five units in 2000 to just over eight in 2006.
At the moment it’s legal for kids over five years old to be given alcohol at home by their parents.
The charity want to see this age limit increased to 15 year old. It also recommends a crackdown on shops selling alcohol to those underage and a ban on alcohol related adverts before the 9pm watershed.
Do you think parents should be prosecuted for giving their children alcohol if they are under 15 or should parents be able to decide when their chilren can drink? Tell us what you think?