You are their greatest teacher
Children learn about alcohol in many different ways - but the most important influence in their life, believe it or not, is their parents. So the way you drink will make a big impression on them.
A head's up about young people's brains
Did you know that your child's brain doesn't finish developing until they're in their early 20s? Their teenage years are a crucial time for developing the areas that handle planning and judgement. That's why, the latest scientific evidence recommends that an alcohol-free childhood is the most healthy start.
Start the conversation
In a recent survey, 34% of 15 year olds and 14% of 13 year olds had drunk alcohol in the previous week* so it's never too early to start the conversation with your children. Why not download our guide for parents, with practical advice on how to start having these important conversations? Of course, if you drink responsibly yourself those conversations will be even easier!
For children, the important thing is knowing that mum or dad are there for you. From having a chat at dinner time, to helping with homework or taking part in activities together - you can't do that properly if you're drinking too much. And of course, having a family makes it more important than ever to look after your health.
*Source: SALSUS 2010