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Dorset Mum's Best At Booze Advice To Kids


8:10am 17th September 2013

Parents in Dorset are among the nations best when it comes to talking about responsible drinking with their children, according to new research.

A survery has been carried out by AB InBev UK to build an understanding of how parents approach the subject of alcohol with their own kids.

It found 88% of Mums in the Dorset region had spoken with their sons and daughters about drinking. In comparison, the area with the highest number of parents who hadn't spoken to their children on the issue was the North East and North West.

Director of Dorset's Alcohol Education Trust Helena Conibear told Wessex FM over 80% of adults in the UK drink alcohol, so our kids are going to be exposed to it from a young age whether we like it or not:

"It's a fundamental part of our social lives. Our kids will come across alcohol in our own homes following our own examples OR round our friends' houses, maybe under peer pressure. Parents are absolutely key! Firstly being role models, making sure they don't behave inappropriately and setting a good example. But being knowledgeable about alcohol and talking with their children."

Helena says it can be hard to talk about the issue, but putting things in context makes it easier:

"Not just sitting down and lets have a talk, it's better to have a natural conversation and maybe talk around a headline like a drink drive accident or something that's happened to a group of teenagers in Dorchester who got in trouble with the Police. That can allow you to approach the conversation and maybe say why there are certain reasons why you shouldn't drink."

Helena went on to add, conversations about alcohol should continue between parents and their children right the way through until they're old enough to fly the nest. But there's a fine line between playing it cool and being too strict;

"Being really, really strict and taboo that can lead to secret drinking and not telling parents what's going on. If you're too relaxed about it, they'll - children - think it's OK I can drink what I want Mum and Dad are cool with it. You got to be somewhere in the middle so they feel they can come and talk to you."

Parents can get all the important advice and support they need via www.alcoholeducationtrust.org/Pages/Parents/parenthome.html

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