Keeping Your Child Safe: Alcohol. Alcohol. “It’s ok for my child to have to the occasional drink of alcohol. I just don’t want them using drugs”. Alcohol is a drug. Alcohol. Areas for concern.
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“It’s ok for my child to have to the occasional drink of alcohol. I just don’t want them using drugs”
Alcohol is a drug
Crime:Criminal damage and anti social behaviour caused by young people under the influence of alcohol
Health:Admission to A&E, mental and physical development during childhood and adolescents.
Sexual Health/Teenage Pregnancy:Young people having sex whilst under the influence of alcohol
Adults:Buying alcohol for young people
Parents:Unaware of the strength of some alcoholic drinks
Vomiting and coma (most common)
Road traffic accidents
Performance at school/work
High risk sexual behaviour
Sustain an injury, often as a result of an assault
Vulnerable to being the victims of crime
Subtle brain damage and long lasting cognitive deficits
(based on Newbury-Birch et al. 2008)
An alcohol-free childhood is the healthiest and best option. However, if children drink alcohol, it should not be until at least the age of 15 years.
Drinking alcohol, even at the age 15 or older, can be hazardous to health. If 15 to 17 year olds do consume alcohol, they should do so infrequently and certainly no more than one day a week.
(Chief Medical Officer, 2009)
Young people aged 15 to 17 years should never exceed recommended adult daily limits. On days when they do drink, consumption should usually be below such levels and should always be with the guidance of a parent or carer or in a supervised environment.
(Chief Medical Officer, 2009)
2 to 3 units per day for a women
3 to 4 units per day for a man
In the UK, children aged 11-17 years drink around 17.2 million units of alcohol every week.
That is the equivalent of 6.9 million pints of beer or 1.7 million bottles of wine.
It’s up to you to decide whether your child is allowed to drink and if so how much. But…..
Educate and inform Make sure your children understand the positive and negative sides associated with alcohol. Make sure you know how strong different drinks and brands are.
Challenge stereotypes Show your children that its possible to enjoy yourself without drinking. It’s OK not to drink!
Set clear boundaries Establish what is acceptable regarding alcohol consumption and/or behaviour and stick to it.
Taken from www.familylives.org.uk
Try not too panic.
Ensure you have support for yourself as well as your child.
Accusing, arguing or threatening won't help.
Wait until you are calm and they are sober, before talking about your concerns.
Encourage them to tell you what's happening.
Don't expect instant results. Drinking may be covering up other problems.
Try to keep the young person sitting up or put them in the recovery position.
Stay with them.
If they lose consciousness (e.g. they don’t wake up, respond to their name) call 999 immediately.