Sir Liam's guidance follows a youth alcohol action plan drawn up by the Government which warns that young people who drink too much are significantly more likely to take drugs of all kinds and be absent from school. Of those children excluded from school, 45 per cent had had a drink in the past week compared with only 21 per cent of those who had never been excluded.
Repeat after me "Correlation is not causation". It seems vastly more likely to me that the kind of kids who are excluded, and have nothing better to do with their time, will be drinking, than that kids will have a drink at home and then become malcontents, instantly getting into drugs and kicked out of school.
Thankfully, someone also says:
"The dilemma is that – unless you introduce them slowly to drinking – when they do start at 15 or 16 they go absolutely ballistic – so maybe there is something to be said for what happens in France where you can get diluted wine for youngsters."
thus showing some sense and understanding.