Pre-teens and Alcohol
How your alcohol consumption can affect your children
One of the greatest responsibilities that parents have is providing positive guidance to their children. Parents are their kid’s number one role models and children look to their parents to shape their perception of right and wrong. Therefore, the decisions made by you are guaranteed to impact your children in one-way, or another.
Research shows that parents have the greatest impact on shaping their children’s attitudes to alcohol and future drinking behaviour. The role alcohol plays in your life will have an effect on your child.
- Lead by example. Hangovers are unhealthy and set a poor example for your kids. If you don’t want your child to drink to excess in future, plan ahead and demonstrate responsible drinking now. Prevention is better than cure.
- Limit the amount and frequency you consume alcohol, especially in front of your children. Limiting your intake will reduce your chances of long-term health problems and help demonstrate the importance of moderation and self-control.
- Don’t make alcohol the focus. Alcohol is a big part of the Australian culture but try not to include alcohol in every event or celebration. Make a point of having alcohol-free family occasions to demonstrate to your children that you can enjoy yourself without alcohol.
- Talk to your kids. Ask them how they feel about their parents drinking alcohol. What attitudes have they already formed about alcohol? It will help you reflect on your own drinking behaviours and open up the lines of communication between you and your children and set some boundaries for the future.