Parenting tips to help prevent underage drinking part 3

By Faeza
18 December 2015

Establish your own healthy drinking habits

“It is important that parents take into consideration that young children entering into adolescence are at the stage in their life where they are trying to establish how they fit into society and can be easily persuaded,” said O’Mahony.

“Being exposed to alcohol by their parents, who are their role models, can be seen as confusing. As a result, questions may be asked or they experiment with alcohol on their own.”

O’Mohony said it was vital that parents therefore establish healthy drinking habits and explained the impact of underage drinking on young bodies to their children. “Parents should not hide their alcohol consumption from their children and instead practice a healthy and open balance. Be open with your children about alcohol and ensure that they feel comfortable asking questions. Enforce the importance of legal age for alcohol consumption and practice healthy drinking and balance in front of your children. There should not be a ‘Do what I say and not what I do’ practice in place’ – consume responsibly in front of your children.”

Research findings provided by the South African Breweries (SAB).