Teens and alcohol

A new poll by the charity Drinkaware, found that half of British parents are allowing their teens to have their first alcoholic drink at the age of 13.

There’s no getting away from the fact that we have an underage drinking problem in the UK. Statistics from the Department of Health even show that 1 in 5 people age 11-15 drink more than 600 units of alcohol per year.

But short of grounding your kids indefinitely, they’re bound to come into contact with alcohol outside the home. So talking to them about the risks now could help them to make sensible decisions later.

The facts on underage drinking

* 200 under 18s are admitted to hospital every week with drink related injuries.
* Scientists warn that teenagers who drink heavily are risking permanent damage to their brain function.
* Alcohol has been shown to cause significant memory loss in youngsters and could extend to adulthood.
* NHS statistics show that one-fifth of secondary school pupils admit to regular drinking.
* Children as young as 12 are now being diagnosed as alcoholics.
* An alcoholic unit is half a pint of ordinary strength beer or a glass of wine (125ml) or a pub measure of fortified wine or spirit (25ml)

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