Guidelines for underage drinking – England


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Drinkaware suggest following the Chief Medical Officer’s advice on underage drinking. 

In England, the guidelines are:

  • An alcohol-free childhood is the healthiest and best option. If children drink alcohol, it should not be until at least the age of 15 years.
  • If young people aged 15 to 17 years consume 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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