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Talking to your children about drink.

There is plenty of help and advice available - written by parents and health professionals - about how to talk to children about drinking.

Here are some classic Dos and Don'ts:

How to recognise if your child is secretly drinking:

If you're going out for the night:

This advice relates to teenagers.

If they are going out for the night:

Alcohol in the Home

Most households have drink at home and will often offer a drink to visitors. Drink however needs to be kept in a place where younger children cannot access it by accident.

It is unfair to teenagers, especially if parents are away for a night, to leave them in a situation where they have access to drink at home especially during the years when they are likely to experiment.