Talking about alcohol
A leaflet for parents and carers on talking about alcohol
"Your teenagers will come across alcohol via their friends, at parties and in their everyday lives as they get older. 38% of 15 year-olds in England drink about once a month or more frequently – fact. However, 86% of 11 year-olds have not had a whole drink. Some will have tasted alcohol in the family home or at a celebration, but it is at this age – between 11-13 that their drinking habits for the future will be formed – and you, in your kids’ opinion, are the most important influence in their lives through:
the examples you set, the house rules, the freedoms you allow them".
This booklet gives tips and guidance for parents to approach the issue of drinking with their children, teenagers or young adults. Talking about it early on will help a child to understand alcohol and its effects, and make more informed choices about drinking in the future.