Today, the Demos report I have been working on with Jonathan Birdwell, Under the Influence: Feeling the Effects, was launched in the House of Commons. We were lucky to have
Andrew Griffiths MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, Simon Antrobus, CEO of Addaction, and Mary Glover, author of Drugs, alcohol and parenting: a workbook for children, to discuss the findings.
The Daily Mail chose to cover the report saying women drinkers pass their bad habits onto their children, and The Independent said parents should drink less in front of their children.
Presenting the findings, Jonathan said our report is not about telling parents not to drink in front of kids, but making them aware of impact of alcohol misus. Andrew Griffiths says the report chimes with govt thinking: not about nanny state but nudging parents to change their behaviour. Simon Antrobus underlined the fact that early intervention and specialist family support in hard times are key to helping families cope.