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Half of children see parents drunk

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Almost half of 10 to 14-year-olds have seen their parents drunk, according to a new survey.

Research from the industry-funded charity Drinkaware found 46% had seen their parents drunk, with 29% saying they had seen it on more than one occasion.

The poll of 1,000 parents and their children also found 42% of parents admitting their child had seen them or their partner drunk.

But 72% of parents said they felt very confident talking to their child about drinking and 75% believed they were best placed to do so.

Elaine Hindal, chief executive of Drinkaware, said: “While setting rules about alcohol and speaking to children about the risks is a positive step, equally important is that parents understand their significant influence as role models and feel confident to set a good example.

“Children are aware of alcohol from a young age.

“Estimates suggest that around one in three children under 16 in the UK live with an adult binge-drinker, and studies show that the odds of a teenager getting drunk double if they have seen their parents drunk - even if only on a few occasions.

“Understanding the impact of what parents say as well as what they do is important, as both can shape children’s attitudes towards alcohol.”

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  • I drink about / up to 2 bottles of banana bread beer per annum, and a tiny malt scotch at Hogmanay. So my children have never seen me drunk.

    Conversely the little swines have often returned drunk even when aged about 14...

    Go figure

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  • Banana bread beer?

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  • what on earth is banana bread beer?

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  • Must be distressing for children to see their parents in a drunken state. I dont like to see anyone in that state-so humiliating for them and they get into a lot of trouble, plus dangerous situations. Why cant anyone say "No-that's enough" anymore. Save them embarrassment and a lot of money

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