Conferencepicalcohol
When:
11th December 2012, 11:00AM
Where:
Westminster

The scourge of alcohol and ‘binge drinking’ continues to make headlines, and the Government is promoting minimum unit pricing as the best approach to tackle the harmful impact of alcohol on individuals and communities. However this ongoing research suggests that parenting has the greatest impact on preventing problematic drinking.

Speakers will include:

Andrew Griffiths MP

Simon Antrobus, CEO of Addaction

Mary Glover, author of Drugs, Alcohol and Parenting: a workbook for parents

The event will also include a presentation of the report's findings by the author Jonathan Birdwell, Head of the Citizens Programme at Demos

The project, which is overseen by an independent steering committee of public health experts, academics, advocacy groups and industry representatives, aims to constructively inform policy debate by providing accurate and balanced evidence and ultimately recommending public policy solutions. The report focuses on the role of social, parenting and peer influences on the binge and harmful drinking of 18-24 year olds, particularly drinking behaviour that leads directly to serious health or public order problems.

This second stage looks particularly closely at how a problematic relationship with alcohol among at least one parent can impact on parenting and children’s perceptions of alcohol. This includes assessing the impact of ‘family-based interventions’ and the extent to which they focus on parenting support and preventing the transference of problem behaviour to the children of alcoholics.

We hope that this event will be an excellent opportunity to present this new stage of the research, engaging with an audience of high-profile stakeholders and incorporating the contribution of senior political figures into thinking on this important issue.

The event will be held on Tuesday 11 December at 11:00am - 12:00pm in Westminster. To attend, please email events@demos.co.uk or call 02073676331 with any enquiries.

This project is supported by SAB Miller plc.

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