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You, your child and alcohol
Children are naturally curious about alcohol – they see people around them drinking and want to know more.

As a parent, whatever you say or do has an important influence on your child.
However, it is difficult to know when to talk to them about alcohol and what to say.

If you talk to them early about alcohol, you will help them understand the alcohol and its effects and make reasonable choices about drinking in the future.

Children are influenced by many factors– friends, teachers, television, mass media, films, but most of the times parents have the biggest influence on their children’s behaviour including the way the children approach alcohol.

Adolescence is a transition period between puberty and adulthood. This period of life, generally from 10 to 20 years old (“teenagers”), isvital for the development on many different levels, especially on the initiation and escalation of alcohol consumption. Because parents play an important role in the child’s development and because there are important continuities from childhood to adolescence, it is important for us to inform you about research findings on what to do or what to say depending on age and gender of the children.

That means that parents should address the issue with their children, discussing the problems and agreeing some rules that the family will stick to.

For example, according to research on substance abuse among young people, when there is parental monitoring, that is, knowing where their children are, and who they’re with, they are much less likely to begin using drugs.
According to another research, in 30 out of 31 countries that participated, young people consumed significantly larger amounts of alcohol when their parents didn’t know how they spent their weekends.