Swanswell encourages talking about alcohol with children

Swanswell, the national charity that wants us all to live in a society that is free from the problems that arise from drugs and alcohol misuse, believe that by encouraging parents to talk about alcohol with their children is a step towards tackling the misuse of alcohol.

They are responding to the news that a campaign is being launched by Staffordshire County Council that aims to encourage parents to sit their children down and talk openly with them about alcohol.

The campaign, spread over several weeks, will provide encouragement, tips and advice on how parents can approach the topic of alcohol with their children.

Chris Robinson, Director of Services said: ‘Talking with your children about alcohol is a great way to raise their awareness of the dangers of drinking and will encourage them to talk with their parents if they start to have a problem however, parents also need to look at their own drinking habits. We know underage drinking has reduced significantly in the last 10 years but we also know that some parents also supply their children with alcohol.’

‘A number of people we have spoken with in our own alcohol services have told us they started drinking at problem levels in their early teens but they didn’t recognise this as a problem because it was normal in their own household – so what the parents do is often passed on to their children.’

To find out more about Swanswell including the services it provides, visit www.swanswell.org.