Parenting tips to help prevent underage drinking part 4


Parents must be role models

Everything in moderation is an important lesson to learn and this is especially the case with alcohol, said Brownrigg.

“Binge drinking is typically experimented amongst teenagers and not knowing their limits is a difficult lesson to have to learn. Role models need to model healthy habits and instil morals around alcohol. Good adult drinking can be modelled by drinking around friends and family so that it is a social affair rather than a need.”

Brownrigg said adults often say: ‘I’ve had a bad day, I need a drink’ and that this taught young children that alcohol is a coping mechanism. “This can be seen to be unhealthy and confusing to a child when their role models are only consuming alcohol during hard times.”

Brownrigg advises that parents talk to children on their level. “Allow them to ask you questions about your drinking habits. It is vital that children have an understanding why adults drink. Parents should also be conscious of how much and how often, they drink.”

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

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