Leech to present Drink Wise petition at Downing Street


South Manchester Liberal Democrat MP John Leech and Drink Wise director Hazel parsons will present the results of its Drink Wise Challenge survey at Downing Street today (Wednesday), after it found that almost nine out of ten people (89%) in the North West want the government to do more to protect young people from alcohol. 

2550 people across the region took the Drink Wise Challenge in total.

South Manchester Liberal Democrat MP John Leech MP said: “Drink Wise’s research highlights a high level of public concern about the effects of alcohol on children. I call on the government to look again at the effectiveness of their strategies for tackling these problems.”

Director of Drink Wise Hazel Parsons said: “Today is all about making it clear to the government the grave and growing concerns we have about children’s exposure to alcohol, and the fact that these concerns are shared by the vast majority of the people we spoke to in the North West. Our research shows that two million children are harmed by someone else’s drinking, and 15 children a day are being hospitalised because of alcohol – hundreds of those as young as 11. It’s time for the government to look again at alcohol, and wake up to the scale of this problem. It urgently needs to look seriously at restricting alcohol marketing – and end the pocket money pricing of alcohol.”

Key Findings

 -89% of respondents said the government needed to do more to protect young people from alcohol
-88% of respondents said the government needed to restrict alcohol marketing to young people
-72% of respondents said the government should end the pocket money

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