Teenage drinking in the spotlight
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.