Educating kids on drinking – myths exposed

Sunday Star Times 26/09/2010
Talking to children about alcohol in the hope of helping them develop responsible drinking habits doesn’t work, according to new research. However, parents can take heart that they can influence the amount their adolescents drink through discipline, limiting the availability of alcohol and fostering a good relationship with their children. The research, published in the latest Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, aimed to identify parenting strategies following new guidelines introduced in the UK and Australia on alcohol consumption by people under 18. The guidelines, which are similar in both countries, say adolescents under the age of 15 should not drink any alcohol, and those aged 15-17 should delay drinking for as long as possible and what they do drink should be at low-risk levels in a safe environment supervised by adults.