Don't give your kids end of term booze, charity warns

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Parents are being urged not to give their children alcohol as a reward for finishing their exams after it emerged more than 15,000 intoxicated youngsters were admitted to hospital in just three years.

The charity Drinkaware says around one in four parents will give their children alcohol this summer to help celebrate the end of the school term.

Its report found that on average, children aged 14 to 17 will be given nine units of alcohol - the equivalent of four cans of beer, a bottle of wine or a third of a bottle of vodka at post-exam parties, holidays or festivals.

The study also found that more than half (54%) of parents had given their child a drink outside of the exam celebration period, with 86% admitting they had done so because their child asked for it.

Drinkaware said that 15,000 children were taken to hospital between 2010 and 2013 because of excessive alcohol, yet 20% of parents have no understanding of any medical guidance surrounding children consuming alcohol.

Elaine Hindal, chief executive of Drinkaware, said: "The average amount some parents are providing is equivalent to a whole bottle of wine, and that is more than enough to get a 15 year old drunk.

No parent wants to think of their child out on their own being drunk and vulnerable, but effectively that is what we could be facilitating by giving alcohol as a reward.

"It is illegal for parents to purchase alcohol on behalf of someone under 18. Worse still, it normalises a culture of excessive drinking among young people.

"We want to reassure parents that not all young people drink alcohol, and that it is important to support children to celebrate without it, whether they are going on holiday for the first time with their friends or attending a school prom party."

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1:27pm Wed 18 Jun 14

white rabbit9 says...

You finished your programming and then wash away your new programming with alcohol by destroying your brain cells. Way to go........drink more.
You finished your programming and then wash away your new programming with alcohol by destroying your brain cells. Way to go........drink more. white rabbit9
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1:36pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Rockerdave says...

The parents shouldn't be giving them alcohol at that age anyway, because correct me if I'm wrong, it's illegal to do so.

Most good off licenses are strict on selling alcohol to under age people. The parents should know better than that.
The parents shouldn't be giving them alcohol at that age anyway, because correct me if I'm wrong, it's illegal to do so. Most good off licenses are strict on selling alcohol to under age people. The parents should know better than that. Rockerdave
  • Score: -14

2:39pm Wed 18 Jun 14

PaulErith says...

Rockerdave wrote:
The parents shouldn't be giving them alcohol at that age anyway, because correct me if I'm wrong, it's illegal to do so.

Most good off licenses are strict on selling alcohol to under age people. The parents should know better than that.
Partly true. A child of 16 or 17 is allowed to drink in a licensed premises whilst having a meal so long as they're with an adult. It is also legal for any over 5 (yes 5 believe it or not) to drink at home.
[quote][p][bold]Rockerdave[/bold] wrote: The parents shouldn't be giving them alcohol at that age anyway, because correct me if I'm wrong, it's illegal to do so. Most good off licenses are strict on selling alcohol to under age people. The parents should know better than that.[/p][/quote]Partly true. A child of 16 or 17 is allowed to drink in a licensed premises whilst having a meal so long as they're with an adult. It is also legal for any over 5 (yes 5 believe it or not) to drink at home. PaulErith
  • Score: 8

2:45pm Wed 18 Jun 14

the wall says...

Rockerdave wrote:
The parents shouldn't be giving them alcohol at that age anyway, because correct me if I'm wrong, it's illegal to do so.

Most good off licenses are strict on selling alcohol to under age people. The parents should know better than that.
correct me if I'm wrong .....Your wrong.

If you're five or over there is no legal restriction on you drinking alcohol at home or on other private premises.

People aged 16 or 17 may consume wine, beer or cider on licensed premises when ordered with a meal.

The legal age for the 'purchase' of alcohol from an off-licence store, supermarket is 18.

How about teaching kids the right way to drink, instead of making it a big adult thing. A glass of wine with the a meal on special occasions is one.
Don't drink to get drunk.

More nanny state rubbish.
[quote][p][bold]Rockerdave[/bold] wrote: The parents shouldn't be giving them alcohol at that age anyway, because correct me if I'm wrong, it's illegal to do so. Most good off licenses are strict on selling alcohol to under age people. The parents should know better than that.[/p][/quote]correct me if I'm wrong .....Your wrong. If you're five or over there is no legal restriction on you drinking alcohol at home or on other private premises. People aged 16 or 17 may consume wine, beer or cider on licensed premises when ordered with a meal. The legal age for the 'purchase' of alcohol from an off-licence store, supermarket is 18. How about teaching kids the right way to drink, instead of making it a big adult thing. A glass of wine with the a meal on special occasions is one. Don't drink to get drunk. More nanny state rubbish. the wall
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3:28pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Rockerdave says...

PaulErith wrote:
Rockerdave wrote:
The parents shouldn't be giving them alcohol at that age anyway, because correct me if I'm wrong, it's illegal to do so.

Most good off licenses are strict on selling alcohol to under age people. The parents should know better than that.
Partly true. A child of 16 or 17 is allowed to drink in a licensed premises whilst having a meal so long as they're with an adult. It is also legal for any over 5 (yes 5 believe it or not) to drink at home.
Your absolutely right Paul, 16 or 17 years old are allowed to drink in licensed premises as long as there having a main meal, with an adult..

Although I was surprised about what you said about five years being aloud to drink at home. But then again, would you want to give alcohol to a five year old? I know I wouldn't.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rockerdave[/bold] wrote: The parents shouldn't be giving them alcohol at that age anyway, because correct me if I'm wrong, it's illegal to do so. Most good off licenses are strict on selling alcohol to under age people. The parents should know better than that.[/p][/quote]Partly true. A child of 16 or 17 is allowed to drink in a licensed premises whilst having a meal so long as they're with an adult. It is also legal for any over 5 (yes 5 believe it or not) to drink at home.[/p][/quote]Your absolutely right Paul, 16 or 17 years old are allowed to drink in licensed premises as long as there having a main meal, with an adult.. Although I was surprised about what you said about five years being aloud to drink at home. But then again, would you want to give alcohol to a five year old? I know I wouldn't. Rockerdave
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3:35pm Wed 18 Jun 14

PaulErith says...

Rockerdave wrote:
PaulErith wrote:
Rockerdave wrote:
The parents shouldn't be giving them alcohol at that age anyway, because correct me if I'm wrong, it's illegal to do so.

Most good off licenses are strict on selling alcohol to under age people. The parents should know better than that.
Partly true. A child of 16 or 17 is allowed to drink in a licensed premises whilst having a meal so long as they're with an adult. It is also legal for any over 5 (yes 5 believe it or not) to drink at home.
Your absolutely right Paul, 16 or 17 years old are allowed to drink in licensed premises as long as there having a main meal, with an adult..

Although I was surprised about what you said about five years being aloud to drink at home. But then again, would you want to give alcohol to a five year old? I know I wouldn't.
No personally I don't think it's right at all to give alcohol to a child that young. I'm not against it in the teenage years. It's an old adage but I believe it's true; If you lay down the law and are too strict about not letting a 15 or 16 year old, for example, have alcohol, they'll get it somewhere. With their friends they'll get hold of it and drink after school or when out at weekends. If you let them have the odd drink at home, it's more controlled.
[quote][p][bold]Rockerdave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rockerdave[/bold] wrote: The parents shouldn't be giving them alcohol at that age anyway, because correct me if I'm wrong, it's illegal to do so. Most good off licenses are strict on selling alcohol to under age people. The parents should know better than that.[/p][/quote]Partly true. A child of 16 or 17 is allowed to drink in a licensed premises whilst having a meal so long as they're with an adult. It is also legal for any over 5 (yes 5 believe it or not) to drink at home.[/p][/quote]Your absolutely right Paul, 16 or 17 years old are allowed to drink in licensed premises as long as there having a main meal, with an adult.. Although I was surprised about what you said about five years being aloud to drink at home. But then again, would you want to give alcohol to a five year old? I know I wouldn't.[/p][/quote]No personally I don't think it's right at all to give alcohol to a child that young. I'm not against it in the teenage years. It's an old adage but I believe it's true; If you lay down the law and are too strict about not letting a 15 or 16 year old, for example, have alcohol, they'll get it somewhere. With their friends they'll get hold of it and drink after school or when out at weekends. If you let them have the odd drink at home, it's more controlled. PaulErith
  • Score: 10

3:57pm Wed 18 Jun 14

the wall says...

PaulErith wrote:
Rockerdave wrote:
PaulErith wrote:
Rockerdave wrote:
The parents shouldn't be giving them alcohol at that age anyway, because correct me if I'm wrong, it's illegal to do so.

Most good off licenses are strict on selling alcohol to under age people. The parents should know better than that.
Partly true. A child of 16 or 17 is allowed to drink in a licensed premises whilst having a meal so long as they're with an adult. It is also legal for any over 5 (yes 5 believe it or not) to drink at home.
Your absolutely right Paul, 16 or 17 years old are allowed to drink in licensed premises as long as there having a main meal, with an adult..

Although I was surprised about what you said about five years being aloud to drink at home. But then again, would you want to give alcohol to a five year old? I know I wouldn't.
No personally I don't think it's right at all to give alcohol to a child that young. I'm not against it in the teenage years. It's an old adage but I believe it's true; If you lay down the law and are too strict about not letting a 15 or 16 year old, for example, have alcohol, they'll get it somewhere. With their friends they'll get hold of it and drink after school or when out at weekends. If you let them have the odd drink at home, it's more controlled.
It's also no big thing because they have already had a drink in controlled conditions.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rockerdave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rockerdave[/bold] wrote: The parents shouldn't be giving them alcohol at that age anyway, because correct me if I'm wrong, it's illegal to do so. Most good off licenses are strict on selling alcohol to under age people. The parents should know better than that.[/p][/quote]Partly true. A child of 16 or 17 is allowed to drink in a licensed premises whilst having a meal so long as they're with an adult. It is also legal for any over 5 (yes 5 believe it or not) to drink at home.[/p][/quote]Your absolutely right Paul, 16 or 17 years old are allowed to drink in licensed premises as long as there having a main meal, with an adult.. Although I was surprised about what you said about five years being aloud to drink at home. But then again, would you want to give alcohol to a five year old? I know I wouldn't.[/p][/quote]No personally I don't think it's right at all to give alcohol to a child that young. I'm not against it in the teenage years. It's an old adage but I believe it's true; If you lay down the law and are too strict about not letting a 15 or 16 year old, for example, have alcohol, they'll get it somewhere. With their friends they'll get hold of it and drink after school or when out at weekends. If you let them have the odd drink at home, it's more controlled.[/p][/quote]It's also no big thing because they have already had a drink in controlled conditions. the wall
  • Score: 9

1:26am Thu 19 Jun 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

If anything it would be better to give kids a drink earlier in life, with a meal and perhaps they will drink more socially as they grow older, sure it's no certainty but it gives them the right kind of guidance.

So why not take them out at the end of term to a restaurant for something to eat and have a few drinks that way.
If anything it would be better to give kids a drink earlier in life, with a meal and perhaps they will drink more socially as they grow older, sure it's no certainty but it gives them the right kind of guidance. So why not take them out at the end of term to a restaurant for something to eat and have a few drinks that way. oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 7

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