Teenage Drinking – How to talk to children about alcohol.

The Medical Chief launches five-point guide for parents on how to stop children abusing alcohol As all my friends know, I like a glass of wine or two, but teenage drinking is a very big problem here in the UK and it needs your support, your confidence and your belief in your own opinions and […]

Stopping Teenagers Going ‘Off the Rails’

My  teenage son had 10 of his mates round last Friday to watch the football on our big screen and they all brought their cans, tortilla chips and peanuts. They are a great bunch of kids and I really enjoyed their  banter and energy. Of course I worry about my son going on holiday soon for the […]

What is the right age to allow young people to start drinking alcohol?

  Tots 100 UK Parent Blogs How old were you when you had your first alcoholic drink? We want to know all about your thoughts about kids and alcohol at a Twitter chat on Thursday evening, from 8pm to 9pm. We’ll be gathering together all your advice and experiences for a post on the Tots100 […]

Every little helps – Tesco and booze

Every little helps – Tesco, booze and binge drinking I was fascinated to listen to the lovely Jeremy Vine talking today on BBC Radio 2  to the very enthusiastic chap from Tesco about their support of the government’s proposals to curb binge drinking and rowdy behaviour. Britain’s biggest supermarket Tesco said it supports the U.K. government’s plan […]

Booze – why let it decide?

As regular readers of my blogs will know, I have two normal teenagers growing up in my house and we have always been open in talking about all the “Big Issues” of sex and drugs to rock and roll and that includes alcohol – its dangers and its misuse. In fact that’s why I wrote […]

Children who see parents drink “more likely” to binge drink themselves

I was interviewed by LBC Radio again today about the latest survey by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation about underage drinking.  Here is the article in The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/jun/17/children-parents-binge-alcohol For me it’s all about how you pass on your values, experiences and attitudes to everything and drinking is no exception. It’s about realising that kids are […]