31 October, 2008

Should children be taught alcohol education in schools?

"Yes I think it's a good idea in secondary schools, perhaps for 12 and 13-year -olds in advance of them getting hammered or doing themselves some damage. It will demystify alcohol a little bit, which is important considering drinking alcohol isn't a family event in the UK

in the way that it is in France."

Jamie Hutchinson

The Sampler , Islington

"I don't think it needs to be a core part of the curriculum, but it

is a sensible idea. When I was younger we were left to make our own mistakes, which were sometimes costly. Whil e the idea is honourable, I don't know that in a classroom environment you can affect or change behaviour, even with a teacher that children respect. Is a classroom going to change much?"

Philip Shorten

Milroy's of Soho, London

"Children should be taught how to drink responsibly from the age of 11 or 12 . This country needs to take

a more responsible, continental approach

. When I was young I was bought up on watered-down red wine at the

table. In schools children should be shown shocking videos of the affects of harmful drinking .

They should have the same education about alcohol as they

do for smoking."

Dominic Lockyer

The Fareham Wine Cellar,


Yes I should think so. Probably the sooner

the better. I t won't be the only way of preventing binge-drinking and antisocial behaviour, but I'm sure it will help.

Ben Watkins,

The Guildford Wine Company,


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