Blog: Olly WehringStung by the 'popular' press - Who'd have thunk it?

Olly Wehring | 29 January 2009

As some of you may have read, in the blog posting below, I have graced the UK's television screens today. ITN News interviewed me for an "educated" opinion on the UK's chief medical officer's recommendation that children under the age of 15 should not be given alcohol at all.

My ten seconds of fame, however, have been tarnished somewhat, by a caption describing me as an "Alcohol Industry Spokesman".

In this (wholly incorrect) capacity, I tell viewers that I believe introducing teenagers to alcohol in a controlled environment supervised by their parents and not to excess, whilst teaching them to respect drink, cannot be anything but a good thing.

Not the most radical opinion, I'm sure you'll agree.

But, as an 'Alcohol Industry Spokesman', this gives out totally the wrong message.

Please be assured, that I have contacted ITN and asked them to clarify the capacity in which my comments were given.

I'll keep you posted.


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