UK Parents Drinking Affecting Their Children - Page 2
To help protect children from their parents drinking, the report put forth an eight step plan.
Step 1: A revision of the ‘responsibility deal’ with the UK alcohol industry to ensure they recognize their responsibility to the wellbeing of consumers and their families by diverting an additional 1% of revenue (approximately £60 million) to fund a new alcohol awareness campaign and treatment services, particularly those aimed at families.
Step 2: Supplement existing ‘danger warnings’ for pregnant women on alcohol packaging with additional labeling warning of the potential impacts of drinking on raising children.
Step 3: Alcohol awareness – ‘Beer Goggles’ – sessions should be offered widely through schools, children’s centers, and youth clubs to ensure families are all fully informed of the dangers of drinking alcohol when raising children.
Step 4: Midwives and Health Visitors need to redouble efforts to identify families for whom alcohol or drug use is a problem and in addition provide clear and unambiguous advice to all expectant and new parents about the harm that alcohol and drugs can do.
Step 5: Vital drug and alcohol awareness and treatment services must not be put at risk by the upcoming NHS reorganization. The Department of Health, working with local government must ensure a seamless transition.
Step 6: Local authorities and Primary Care Trusts should evaluate the alcohol and drug services they provide, and use the outcomes to direct future service delivery – including further investment in prevention rather than cure.
Step 7: Health and Wellbeing Boards should adopt ‘harm reduction as a result of alcohol and substance misuse’ in families as a priority target for the future.
Step 8: A ‘whole family’ approach must be adopted to providing support to those suffering from alcohol or substance misuse to ensure we harness the resource of the family to support those in treatment, and to effectively identify and reduce harm to other family members.