Advice for parents about teenage drinking and drug use/abuse

We asked young people what parents can do about their teenagers drinking or taking drugs. The answers given included:

  • Don’t ignore the fact that young people start drinking alcohol at a young age.
  • Talk to your children about drugs and alcohol; don’t ignore the issue!
  • Teach your children about drinking responsibly.
  • Be open with your children about drugs, but don’t tell them what to do.
  • If your child has a problem with drink or drugs, get help and advice to understand how you can help them.
  • Trying to control your child won’t stop them from using drugs.

Emma thinks that parents and others should acknowledge that people are drinking at a young age, whatever the law, and that alcohol is readily available to them.

Age at interview 19

Gender Female

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If your son or daughter has an addiction problem, Jim’s advice is to be understanding, open and non-judgemental.

Age at interview 23

Gender Male

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