Sir David Amess MP welcomes calls from the cross sector alliance of almost 40 organisations for the government to support parents and families in upcoming alcohol strategy
On Tuesday, 3rd July the MP for Southend West attended the parliamentary launch of a new policy report “Families First” from the Alcohol and Families Alliance (AFA). The report examined the impact alcohol has on families and children in the UK, gaps in support, as well as policy recommendations for closing those gaps. The report finds that while almost 200,000 children live with at least one alcohol-dependent adult, there is patchy provision of support nationally. And for families affected by alcohol – that training is needed to help professionals identify parental drinking problems and show families where to get help.
Alongside this, the Families First report raises concerns with alcohol's position in wider society – particularly its increased availability in recent years – and how this works against families hoping to avoid harm. It calls for action on the price of alcohol, such as minimum unit pricing which has been introduced in Scotland.
Speaking at the event, Health Minister, Steve Brine, welcomed the report, promising a response from his department, and praised the voluntary sector organisations working in this field as crucial partners in tackling this issue.
The event was hosted by the Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP and supported by the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Alcohol Harm and on Children of Alcoholics.
Vivienne Evans OBE, Chief Executive of Adfam who are the secretariat of the AFA, commented: “It is excellent to have the support of Sir David Amess MP for this report and the AFA. This event showcases the need for government to take prompt action to support families in the upcoming alcohol strategy and we are hopeful that with backing of advocates such as Sir David, we can see the recommendations this report lays out included in the strategy.”