Manners & Misdemeanors
Why You Should Never Drink in Front of Your Kids, According to Experts
Even if it's only a moderate amount.

The risks of drinking too much have been well reported in recent years, but if you have children, even a moderate amount of alcohol could have a negative impact.

According to a new study by the Institute of Alcohol Studies in the U.K., children are more likely to feel worried around their parents if they are tipsy.

The report, titled "Like sugar for adults: The effect of non-dependent parental drinking on children and families," questioned almost 1,000 parents and their children, as well as focus groups involving experts and practitioners.

It found that 29 percent of parents reported having been drunk in front of their child. Fifty-one percent admitted to being tipsy and 29 percent thought it was okay to get drunk in front of their children as long as it didn't happen regularly.

As for how the children felt, those who had seen their parents tipsy or drunk were less likely to consider their parents' drinking as positive role model behavior, regardless of how much they usually drunk.

Of the children surveyed, 18 percent said they had felt embarrassed and 11 percent had felt worried. Eight percent said their parents had been more unpredictable.

Rt Hon Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, who launched the report, said many parents aren't aware of the effects drinking can have on parenting.

"We too quickly dismiss parental drinking as harmless fun and relaxation, but this report shows that parents do not need to be regularly drinking large amount for their children to see a change in their behavior and experience problems," she commented. "I'd like to see a more open conversation about this, among parents and professionals."

Viv Evans, of the Alcohol and Families Alliance, added: "We recognize that parenting is difficult and we live in a culture which is remarkably accepting of alcohol. We hope that this study goes some way to supporting parents in a difficult job, and alerting us all to the importance of preventing problems with alcohol before they arise."

From: Good Housekeeping UK

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