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Supporting an Alcohol Free Childhood through licensing
Chief Medical Officer guidance advises an alcohol free childhood is the healthiest and safest option, and if children do drink it should not be before the age of at least 15.
Local authorities and police across our region are engaged in age of sale work to support community safety – however under age drinking and supply undermines this and puts children’s safety and their health at risk.
Balance in collaboration with public health and licensing colleagues has developed a series of resources for local partners engaged in licencing to support the vision of an alcohol free childhood.
- Alcohol Free Childhood overview to the toolkit
- Briefing on how licensing can support an Alcohol Free Childhood
- 5 key recommendations
- Powerpoint for elected members and colleagues
Alcohol and domestic violence
“Alcohol consumption, especially at harmful and hazardous levels, is a major contributor to the occurrence of intimate partner violence and links between the two are manifold.” World Health Organisation
Alcohol alone is not a cause of domestic abuse, and is never an excuse. There are, however, many ways in which alcohol and domestic abuse are related.
The relationship between alcohol and domestic violence is complex. Research suggests between 25-50% of perpetrators of domestic abuse have been drinking at the time of the assault.
Read the Alcohol Health Alliance’s briefing on domestic violence – AHA Domestic Violence Briefing_Feb 2020
Links to support and advice if you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/getting-help-for-domestic-violence/