‘Back off parents’

Daily Echo: SHOCKING: Police officer Kerry Loveless, pictured at Shirley police station with bottles and cans of booze taken off kids drinking in the streets. SHOCKING: Police officer Kerry Loveless, pictured at Shirley police station with bottles and cans of booze taken off kids drinking in the streets.

A HAMPSHIRE charity today ordered the Government to back off parents in their fight against the country's teenage boozers.

They say ministers should ditch controversial plans to prosecute parents that could see them fined or even imprisoned if their kids are caught getting drunk.

It follows news that a group of Hampshire parents could be prosecuted by police after they gave alcohol to under-age children organising a party.

As reported in the Daily Echo, police were called to Calshot last week after hundreds of teen-agers were dropped off by their parents and handed boxes of lager.

But Suzie Hayman of Parent-line said the Government's new proposals were a step too far.

Unfair She said: "It's unfair and unjust to lock up parents as a punishment. Parents need help and support beforehand not afterwards when it's too late. We have thousands of parents ringing us up for help and advice regarding their children drinking and they just don't know what to do. The idea seems to be wait until the situation gets really bad and then punish people."

Under the new measures anyone looking under 21 will have to prove their age before buying alcohol. Vendors will also have their licence revoked if caught more than once selling booze to under-age drinkers.

Alison Ward, a centre manager for Southampton based drink and drugs counselling charity No Limits, said youngsters will still be able to buy alcohol.

She said: "I don't know if these new measures will help as young people who want to find alcohol with find it. Often an older person will buy it.

"The problem is people aged 13 and 14 don't see alcohol as something they should be worried about. So it's the job of schools, parents and organisations like ourselves to educate them of the dangers."

Alison said 460 children aged 11 to 18 from across Southampton approached No Limits last year with the majority asking for help with alcohol problems.

She added: "There's nothing particularly new in these measures but checking the age of people who look under 21 should make it easier for smaller shops to spot those who are under-age."

In October 2006 the Daily Echo launched a Keep Kids Sober campaign to encourage adults and parents - as the main source of alcohol for younger children - to take a more active and responsible role in teaching children about the consequences of alcohol and to think before supplying minors with drink.

The Daily Echo has also revealed how the city was the third worst in the country for alcohol-related violence and that drink was responsible for seven out of ten people being taken to Southampton General Hospital's casualty department on Friday and Saturday nights.

Inspector Martin Laux, of Hampshire police, said: "We welcome initiatives to tackle excess drinking, because excess drinking takes up a disproportionate amount of police resources that could be used elsewhere.

"However, we are acutely aware that appropriate responsibility must also be taken by individuals, parents, the drinks industry and retailers."

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1:28pm Tue 3 Jun 08

toxteth o'grady says...

i welcome initiatives to prosecute parents of drunk teenagers, but until this country continues to glamourise drinking, we will always have a problem.
i welcome initiatives to prosecute parents of drunk teenagers, but until this country continues to glamourise drinking, we will always have a problem. toxteth o'grady
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3:42pm Tue 3 Jun 08

Denzil says...

I'm not giving my hard earned wedge to those dozy scroungers that pretend to be a charity
I'm not giving my hard earned wedge to those dozy scroungers that pretend to be a charity Denzil
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4:13pm Tue 3 Jun 08

SJ says...

Its only the parents to blame when there is under age drinking...half of them dont even know what their children get up too...this charity is way out of order
Its only the parents to blame when there is under age drinking...half of them dont even know what their children get up too...this charity is way out of order SJ
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6:23pm Tue 3 Jun 08

Mr Fish says...

Alcohol is not the problem, it's the fault of some parents for not taking responsibility for THEIR children. It's wrong too for liberals to condemn something this government is actually doing right because, heaven forbid, it might challenge parents.

We have to get to the root of the problem. Too many children are not being supervised during the evenings and school holidays. Partly this is due to some parents working late but mainly it's because some just can't be bothered. Look at the problems in Aldermoor last weekend. It will only stop when bad parents are challenged, fined and properly punished, along with their children.
Alcohol is not the problem, it's the fault of some parents for not taking responsibility for THEIR children. It's wrong too for liberals to condemn something this government is actually doing right because, heaven forbid, it might challenge parents. We have to get to the root of the problem. Too many children are not being supervised during the evenings and school holidays. Partly this is due to some parents working late but mainly it's because some just can't be bothered. Look at the problems in Aldermoor last weekend. It will only stop when bad parents are challenged, fined and properly punished, along with their children. Mr Fish
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8:25pm Tue 3 Jun 08

GL says...

Sorry Parentline, but you have it wrong.

Many of these under age drinkers are being provided with alcohol by their parents - or taking it when their parents are not looking.

In the first instance the parents are directly responsible; in the second the parents should be checking where the vodka has gone!

Added to which, parents do not seem to know where their children are or what they are doing.

Legally, as far as I'm aware, a parent has full responsibility for their offspring until the age of at least 16.

Therefore, putting pressure on the parents will help them recognise their legal duty to their children ... and the rest of us who want to live in peace.
Sorry Parentline, but you have it wrong. Many of these under age drinkers are being provided with alcohol by their parents - or taking it when their parents are not looking. In the first instance the parents are directly responsible; in the second the parents should be checking where the vodka has gone! Added to which, parents do not seem to know where their children are or what they are doing. Legally, as far as I'm aware, a parent has full responsibility for their offspring until the age of at least 16. Therefore, putting pressure on the parents will help them recognise their legal duty to their children ... and the rest of us who want to live in peace. GL
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9:00pm Tue 3 Jun 08

George says...

toxteth o\'grady wrote:
i welcome initiatives to prosecute parents of drunk teenagers, but until this country continues to glamourise drinking, we will always have a problem.
So once they continue to glamourise drinking, it'll all be ok??
[quote][bold]toxteth o\'grady[/bold] wrote: i welcome initiatives to prosecute parents of drunk teenagers, but until this country continues to glamourise drinking, we will always have a problem.[/quote] So once they continue to glamourise drinking, it'll all be ok?? George
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7:39pm Wed 4 Jun 08

Wills says...

"Parents need help and support" - parents actually need to take responsibility for their offspring. The last thirty odd years have seen the state and that monstrous army of social workers take over control of society, and the results have been disastrous. Brainwashed into believing they hold the moral high ground, with a degree to prove it ! I despair.
"Parents need help and support" - parents actually need to take responsibility for their offspring. The last thirty odd years have seen the state and that monstrous army of social workers take over control of society, and the results have been disastrous. Brainwashed into believing they hold the moral high ground, with a degree to prove it ! I despair. Wills
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