28/11/22 – Alcohol consumption – new evidence for families and schools regarding alcohol consumption – Dr Aric Sigman writes

Dr Aric Sigman presents new evidence and guidance

The APPG’s Dr Aric Sigman, Health Education Lecturer, was invited to write for this week’s British Medical Journal’s Archives of Disease in Childhood.

His peer-reviewed paper can be accessed here. Dr Sigman outlines ways that the paediatric profession can play a decisive role in prevention of alcohol dependency and abuse later in a child’s life.

The current Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Strategy 2021–2024 aims ‘to shape policy around prevention targeting the leaders and policymakers who have the most power to make change—internationally, nationally, regionally and locally’. A concerted effort to address alcohol is the ideal candidate for such prevention initiatives and the paediatric profession can play a decisive role. . .

Dr Aric Sigman

Dr Sigman recommends:

  • Focusing on a parent-centric approach
  • Dispelling the French family drinking myth
  • Highlighting family role modelling
  • Lobbying for information hygiene
  • Raising the legal drinking age at home for the current age (5 years old)

Read the full article here and a news report here.

Citation: Sigman A. Arch Dis Child Epub ahead of print: 22 Nov 2022. https://dx.doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2022-324325