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Children more likely to get drunk if parents are heavy drinkers

6th December 2012

A new survey from the charity Drinkaware has helped identify children who are more at risk of drinking frequently.

It found that children of middle class parents who drink above the recommended amount of alcohol are among the most likely to get drunk and drink too often.

A fifth of children from such households said they drank alcohol at least monthly and had been drunk, while that figure was only 10% of children whose parents drank at levels lower than the government’s recommended alcohol limit.

Siobhan McCann, head of campaigns and communications at Drinkaware, said: “When it comes to alcohol, parents have the biggest influence on their children and lots of children would turn to their parents first for advice.

“Family gatherings during the festive season are a great opportunity to talk to your children about why people drink and the consequences of drinking to excess in an open and honest way.”

The survey questioned 1,433 middle class parents and found 30% drank above the recommended level of alcohol.

It also highlighted how parents who drink at higher levels are more likely to be less strict on what children drink.

Drinkaware also said that when it questioned 652 children aged 10-17, most demonstrated “a sensible attitude to drink”.

Almost 80% felt it was not cool to get drunk and 93% said it was not okay for young people to get drunk on a weekly basis.

Drinkaware has now published advice for parents encouraging them to talk to their children about alcohol.

 

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