Chief medical officer Liam Donaldson has made the recommendation, and criticised families who allow children to drink watered-down wine.
WSTA chief executive Jeremy Beadles said: “We welcome the chief medical officer’s clear guidance. The role of parents is hugely important in instilling a responsible attitude to alcohol, especially as Government research indicates that the majority of 11-15-year-olds who have tried alcohol are getting it from their parents or other family members.
“Retailers are taking every step possible to prevent under-age sales. The Challenge 25 scheme, which requires anyone who looks under 25, to present proof of age if they wish to purchase alcohol, is driving down under-age sales.
“The chief medical officer’s views on minimum pricing are well known, but it would be totally wrong to suggest that pricing be used to address under-age drinking when it is illegal for someone under 18 to purchase and possess alcohol.”