Demos have released a report around teenage drinking and the influence of parents on children's drinking attitudes and behaviours - you can read the media release here.
Paul Blakey MBE, CEO and founder of Street Angels - CNI Network, says:
"This report shows the importance of giving young people facts and experience around alcohol and safety. Our education resource was developed as our response to young people and alcohol and gives knowledge as well as real life experiences of what our teams of volunteers see on the streets on weekend evenings. We hope that the Demos report will highlight the importance of not avoiding the alcohol conversation with young people."
The Alcohol and Safety Education Resource can be downloaded from www.streetangels.org.uk .
Elaine Hindal, Chief Executive at alcohol education charity Drinkaware, says:
“We warmly welcome Demos’ report which highlights the important influence of parents in providing alcohol to children and on their children’s attitudes and behaviours towards alcohol. Encouragingly nearly three quarters of 9-17 year olds say they would turn to their parents first for information and advice about drinking alcohol*. Yet we know from our own research that parents frequently provide alcohol to older children**, in a belief that introducing alcohol in the home is a good way to teach young people about responsible drinking. In fact, contrary to popular belief, evidence shows that young people who start drinking at an early age drink more and more frequently than those who delay their first alcoholic drink***.
“That’s why Drinkaware works to support parents of in their position as positive role models when it comes to alcohol and provides advice on how to talk to children about the risks associated with drinking underage.”
Drinkaware has tips and tools to help parents give age-appropriate advice to their children throughout the crucial years in their development at www.drinkaware.co.uk.
*Williams, B., et al. Children, Young People and Alcohol, Department for children, schools and families, 2010, p.7.
**Ipsos Mori Research for Drinkaware which polled which polled parents (social grades ABC1) of 10-17 year olds and their children 2012 drinkaware.co.uk/about-us/press-office/parents-are-biggest-providers-of-alcohol-to-their-kids,-reveals-drinkaware
*** Donaldson, Sir L., Guidance on the consumption of alcohol by children and young people, Department of Health, 2009, p. VIII.