For many people alcohol is seen as a more common and “acceptable” drug and parents might look back on their own teenage experiences. But have you ever thought how your own drinking might encourage your child to ask for alcohol?
The fact is that alcohol misuse is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49 year-olds in the UK.
Children who regularly drink alcohol are more likely to get involved in risk taking behaviour such as smoking and drugs, as well as an increased risk of violence, under age sex and accidents. Alcohol is also a leading cause of poisoning, especially among younger people.
Drinking also creates a higher risk for depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Drinking during puberty can also change hormones in the body which can disrupt growth and puberty and it can impact upon a child’s brain development.