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The Independent reports: Primary schools applied for permission to serve alcohol to parents at more than 8,000 events last year, leading to fears that children may pick up dangerous drinking habits.

A charity has warned that the regular presence of alcohol could lead young children to believe that drinking was an essential part of social events.

Debbie Bannigan, chief executive of Swanswell, the charity that compiled the figures, said: “If primary school children are led to believe that alcohol is an important part of every social occasion, we shouldn't be surprised that they then expect to drink at their own social occasions as soon as they’re independent enough to do so.”

The drug and alcohol charity found 8,400 applications for Temporary Event Notices - which allow the sale of alcohol in unlicensed premises - made by primary schools, after sending Freedom of Information requests to 312 local authorities.

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