When Should You Talk to Your Child About Alcohol?

As parents we have far more influence than we think and talking honestly about alcohol and drugs can have a real impact. In fact, research has shown that kids who have conversations with their parents and learn a lot about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50% less likely to use alcohol and drugs than those who don’t have such conversations.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach but we must do our part! Follow our weekly quizes on Facebook to get relevant information about alcohol and drug use: Here are the answers to last week's quiz and be sure to LIKE us to learn more!

Weekly Facebook Quiz (19.09.2014) Answers:

(1) Between the ages of 8-10 children's perception of alcohol is usually still negative - True.

Children’s attitudes to alcohol change as they get older. It’s important to talk to your child about alcohol sooner rather than later, and to keep having conversations with them as they grow up.

(2) Do not encourage your children to make their own decisions regarding alcohol - set strict guidelines and insist they adhere to them - False.

Often times children choose to go down a certain path simply to spite their parents. This is why when dealing with sensitive issues like alcohol, it is best to give your children the facts, set boundaries and agree on rules together. Children will then understand the way the rules were established and why, and be more likely to follow them. Be sure to follow-up by positively encouraging them to make decisions. By helping your child learn how to weigh up the pros and cons of other scenarios, like which secondary school to go to or whether to travel home alone, you can prepare them for making their own decisions about alcohol.

(3) Providing alcohol to your children, even under the best intentions i.e to introduce alcohol in a safe, supervised environment with the aim of moderating a child’s drinking - is a good idea - False.

Teenagers whose parents supply alcohol in early adolescence are three times as likely to be drinking full serves of alcohol at age 16 as children in families that do not supply alcohol, a major new study from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW Australia has found. Read more about the study here.

For an tips on how to talk to your child in the right way at the right time, click here.