Why parents make a difference
Parents are one of the biggest influences on a child’s attitude
You may feel you can’t make a difference, faced with the influence of their friends, the alcohol marketing messages they hear and the Irish ‘drinking’ culture, but children and teens need our protection when it comes to alcohol.
Not all young people will want to try alcohol, but many do. Our six steps to protecting your child from alcohol and drugs are
- Build a close relationship
- Set boundaries and stick to them
- Know what they're doing
- Don't give alcohol to children under 18
- If you drink, set a good example by taking a low-risk approach
- Talk openly and honestly about the risks of using alcohol and other drugs
For more advice to help you communicate with your child about alcohol and other drugs order your copy of our publication 'Alcohol and Drugs: A Parent's Guide' here and we'll send it out to you or download a copy today.
Should I be worried?
You may see drinking and
The later your child starts drinking the better it is for their health and wellbeing in both the short and long term.
For under 18s the safest choice is no alcohol
“Parents need to give teens a clear, unambiguous message that they disapprove of underage drinking.”
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