Teenage drink­ing in the spot­light

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

PAR­ENTS who are wor­ried about teenage drink­ing were given ad­vice dur­ing Al­co­hol Aware­ness Week last week.

Hilling­don Re­late ex­perts is­sued ad­vice for wor­ried par­ents, in­clud­ing talk­ing openly and hon­estly about al­co­hol risks, avoid­ing adopt­ing a blam­ing po­si­tion and, if your teen has been drink­ing, ex­plain­ing why you are up­set or con­cerned.

Re­late fam­ily coun­sel­lor Denise Knowles said: “Lots of par­ents have con­cerns about their teenagers and al­co­hol but find it dif­fi­cult to com­mu­ni­cate ef­fec­tively. If you’re un­sure where to be­gin, a Re­late coun­sel­lor can lend a help­ing hand.”

The Health and So­cial Care In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre’s sta­tis­tics stated the num­ber of UK young adults who binge drink has fallen from 29 per cent in 2005 to 18 per cent in 2013.

Any­one with con­cerns can speak to a coun­sel­lor via the Re­late web­site, at www.re­late.org.uk.

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