Even if your child is not exposed to alcohol at home, as they get older alcohol might be at social events and parties. It’s a good idea to talk about alcohol before your child is exposed to it, and them being invited to a party can be a good time for this talk.
Let your child know your feelings on drinking alcohol. Setting clear rules can help to delay your child from starting to drink alcohol and prevent alcohol related harms. Providing alcohol for your child to take to a party is not a good idea. This sends the message that drinking alcohol is okay, which can lead to young people drinking more from a younger age.
If you think your child or others at the party will be drinking alcohol, talk to your child about staying safe and avoiding harm. This can be advice like:
- Don’t drive or get in a car with a driver who has been drinking.
- Stay with friends.
- Don’t join in activities like swimming, riding a bike and other physical sports.