Parents worried teenagers will drink more during World Cup

Parents of children aged 11 to 21 think their child will drink more alcohol during the World Cup, according to a new survey.

Parents of children aged 11 to 21 think their child will drink more alcohol during the World Cup, according to a new survey.
A poll by YouGov for Parentline Plus found mums and dads think their offspring might get carried away celebrating the World Cup and could take risks they wouldn’t consider when sober.
More than one in five (21%) parents of youngsters believed their child will drink more alcohol due to the football tournament.
Research has shown that early and unprotected sex is often linked to alcohol.  But 12% of parents who took part in the poll said they did not view their child drinking more as a cause for concern.
Jeremy Todd, chief executive of Parentline Plus, said: ”Naturally, parents worry about what their children get up to with their mates over the summer holidays.  It’s understandable that some teenagers may want to let off steam especially during the World Cup as many will be close to completing their exams.
”However, they still need to know the risks associated with binge drinking and to be given advice on dealing with peer pressure to get really drunk whilst watching the soccer.”
He advised parents to find a relaxed time to chat to their children about how alcohol can influence people’s judgment and put them in a vulnerable position, and make some people aggressive.
” Young people are more likely to seek help and advice from parents who listen and are supportive, rather than those who lecture or fly off the handle,” he said.
”We speak to thousands of parents and carers every year and know that issues around alcohol are a concern. The more help and information that parents and carers have to understand these issues and talk to their kids about risky behaviours, the safer their kids will be.”





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