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Underage drinking

As a parent you have more influence over your child than you may realise. Evidence shows that meaningful conversations between parents and their kids help the child develop a sensible relationship with alcohol. 


Our advice, tips, and facts can help you understand the associated risks of underage drinking, why children may drink and how you can have effective conversations about alcohol. 

Understand why children drink alcohol

Understanding why your child may want to drink alcohol can help you influence your child to make sensible choices.

Why talk to your children about alcohol

Your child can adopt a healthier, happier attitude towards alcohol the more you talk to them about it.

How to prevent underage drinking

Strategies to prevent your child drinking alcohol underage.

How to talk about alcohol

Example questions to the tough questions your child may have about alcohol.

Know the risks of drinking alcohol underage

Know the risks of drinking alcohol underage

The law

Being clear on the law around alcohol is important - for both parents and children. The law isn't simply about knowing right from wrong. It's a reminder of the potential consequences of drinking alcohol underage.

Teenage drinking

Drinking alcohol is seen as something teenagers are expected to do as part of growing up but starting to drink so young is more damaging than many teenagers realise.

Answering your child's questions about alcohol

Pointers to help prepare you for questions about alcohol your child may ask.

Could your child be drinking to cope?

Spot the signs that a young person may be drinking to cope with difficult situations.

Teenagers, parties and alcohol

Advice about alcohol and parties at yours and other people's houses.

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