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Why do young people drink?

There are lots of reasons young people might drink, for the buzz, to fit in, to feel grown-up, to try to cope with problems, to experiment. Some young people may also be genetically predisposed to being drawn to using alcohol or other drugs. There are a number of things that you can do to help your young person to not drink and to not drink harmfully.

These include:

    • Strong family relationships
    • Talking about and having information on alcohol risks
    • Clear rules
    • Parents setting a good example
  • Monitoring by parents
  • Lack of peer pressure
  • Good coping skills
  • Good self-esteem
  • Having alternative activities and interests

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If your child is drinking

Talking about alcohol

Top 10 tips for parents

For more information on young people and alcohol, and real-life accounts, you might like to read Sharing experiences and suggestions around alcohol and drug abuse. A guide for parents.pdf (size 1.2 MB) by Brian Wall

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