parents and young people should be aware that, even at age 15 or older drinking can be hazardous to health and not drinking is the healthiest option for young people.
Mean consumption by pupils in London who had drunk in the last week 9.2 units.
Who’d be a parent - your role in drug and alcohol prevention
Who’d be a parent?Drink, drugs and whatwe can do about themPhoto by Flickr user Bart
• Things you should know about alcohol anddrugs• Things you should know about theinfluence you have as a parent• Let’s think about practical things we cando?
Chief Medical Officer’s Advice onAlcohol• an alcohol-free childhoodis the healthiest and bestoption - if children drinkalcohol, it shouldnt bebefore they reach 15years old• the importance ofparental influences onchildrens alcohol useshould be communicatedto parents, carers andprofessionals.
Source: Tapert & Schweinsburg, 2005Brain Development
Boys who drank 8 or moreunits in the last week at theage of 16 were between 10and 25% less likely to get adegree.Staff,J.et.al.(2008),TeenageAlcoholUseandEducationalAttainment,JournalofStudiesonAlcoholandDrugsPhoto by Flickr user Caro WallisMean consumption by 11 to 15year old pupils in London who haddrunk in the last week 9.2 units.
Drinking once or twice aweek is associated withscores around 20 pointslower (three grades) atGCSE.Green,R.andRoss,A.(2010),Youngpeople’salcoholconsumptionanditsrelationshiptootheroutcomesandbehaviour.NationalCentreforSocialResearchPhoto by Flickr user Kewima1 in 5 drinking at leastonce a week by theage of 15 years.
Drunkennessbefore the age ofis highly correlated with other riskybehaviours including• Smoking• Cannabis use• Low academic performancePhoto by Flickr user fanzKuntsche,E.,et.al.(2013),NotEarlyDrinkingbutEarlyDrunkennessIsaRiskFactorforProblemBehaviorsAmongAdolescentsfrom38EuropeanandNorthAmericanCountries.Alcoholism:ClinicalandExperimentalResearch1 in 7 13 year olds saythey have been drunk atleast twice.
Drank inpastweek -28%Used drugsin pastmonth - 12%Smoked inlast week -16%All 15 year oldsNo recentsubstanceuse - 64%Smoking, drinking and drug use overlap in15 year oldsFuller, E. (2012) Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England in2011. Health and Social Care Information Centre
THINGS PARENTSSHOULD KNOWABOUT THEIRINFLUENCEPhoto by Flickr user JD Hancock
• Most (7 in 10) teenagers see parents assources of useful information about drugs& alcohol.• This doesn’t diminish over time. USstudies parents can effect drinkingbehaviour right into adulthood.• Your positive effect also effects your kidsfriends (the halo effect).
75%of parents say they’vehad a conversationabout drugs with theirchildren36%of their children saythey’ve had aconversation aboutdrugs with their parentsLifecourse Tracker, Department of Health 2012