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Welcome to What's the Harm

Do you know
how alcohol can
put your children
at risk?
Read about the risks
But there are
so many myths
out there!
View the myths and facts
Talking to your
child about alcohol
How to talk about alcohol
Real life stories
to help you start
the conversation
View the real life stories
Ever thought about
how exposed our
children are to
Read about the pressures

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The advice from England’s Chief Medical Officer is that “Children and their parents and carers are advised that an alchohol-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”.

Children’s bodies and brains are still developing well into the teenage years and beyond. The CMO guidance outlines some of the risks to children’s physical and mental health from drinking alcohol, from risky behaviour to low mood and depression.

As parents we have more influence than we might think in setting boundaries for our children. Balance has produced a free Guide for Parents which covers the Chief Medical Officer guidance, the myths and the facts, and gives advice on how parents can talk to their child about alcohol.

As parents we want to do the right thing for our children.

But drinking before 18 can harm their physical and mental health and put them into risky situations. Providing children with alcohol undermines age of sale laws designed to protect our communities and can trigger heavier and more regular drinking….

Liver disease among young people is rising,…while long term alcohol use is linked to at least seven types of cancer. The longer we can delay alcohol in their lives, the better.