Young People who regularly see their parents drink are twice as likely to binge on alcohol themselves – Why?
Joseph Rowntree’s research, ‘Young people, alcohol and influences’ (2011), found some interesting things:
- young people who said they had seen their parents drunk / intoxicated were twice as likely to have been drunk several times;
- the odds of a teenager having ever had an alcoholic drink are greater if their parents don’t know where they are on a Saturday night / left unsupervised;
- one-in-four 13 to 14-year-olds had been drunk more than once, compared to just over half of children (52%) aged 15 to 16-year-olds;
- what parents say and how they behave has a strong impact on their teenager drinking, drinking regularly, or drinking to excess.
Love Wine O’Clock?
It’s the drink at the end of the day that signals ‘me time’, but Alcohol Concern has warned that the ‘wine o’clock’ culture among some parents is a health risk and these habits can be passed on to their children. The Drinkaware self assessment| tool may be useful to help you understand your drinking.
Low risk drinking
The UK Chief Medical Officers advises that it is safest for both men and women not to regularly drink more than the low risk unit guidelines of 14 units of alcohol per week (equivalent to six pints of 4% beer (I.e.Fosters)or six 175ml (small) 13% ABV glasses of wine).
A person is classified as having had a binge drinking session if they drink twice the safe daily intake of alcohol. This calculates as 6 units and over in one session.
For Calderdale, this means that binge drinking and those identified as increasing risk drinkers make up 43% of our local adult population. In fact the data suggests that the number of people binge drinking in Calderdale is significantly worse than the rest of England.
To help keep risks low, the advice is now:
- Not to regularly drink more than 14 units per week
- If you do drink as much as 14 units per week, it is best to spread this evenly over 3 days or more.
- Limit the amount you drink on any one occasion, drink more slowly and avoid risky places and activities.
- If you wish to cut down the amount you are drinking, a good way to help achieve this is to have several drink-free days each week.
- It is safest NOT to drink at all if you are pregnant.
If you think your drinking puts you above the low risk level (you’re regularly drinking more than 14 units per week) it could be time to re-think your relationship with alcohol. Why not take the Drinkaware self assessment| to further explore your drinking habits and to identify if you may be placing yourself at risk.
Get the Drink Less App for your iPhone
Download the Drink Less Mobile App| (only available for iPhones):
The Drink Less App was created to help you reduce your consumption of alcohol. The App is easy to use, with features and techniques derived from up-to-date evidence and theories of behavioural change. You can:
- keep track of your drinking and see how it changes over time;
- set goals and get feedback on your progress towards these goals;
- complete a daily mood diary to help you understand the effects of your hangover;
- play games designed to strengthen your resolve to drink less alcohol;
- create plans for dealing with situations when you may be tempted to drink excessively;
- take part in exercises designed to change how you think and feel about alcohol.
When do I know I have an alcohol problem?
There are different types of alcohol addiction and you would not necessarily be stumbling around and drunk every day.
To see if your alcohol drinking is about right, or if you are overdoing it and need to take action, take the Drinkaware self assessment|.
If you find you do need to take action, pick an alcohol treatment service and speak to someone confidentially about it at Calderdale in Recovery services|.
What alcohol treatment is there for me?
We support Calderdale in Recovery|, a website that gives you information on alcohol treatment services and advice. If you are concerned about a friend or a loved one, they can offer advice on alcohol treatment.
To find out which alcohol treatment services are nearest to you, visit Calderdale in Recovery services| for details and get in touch now.
My friend or family member might be addicted to alcohol, what should I do?
For a list of alcohol treatment services and support groups visit Calderdale in Recovery services|.
The service also helps with drug problems and you can talk to someone for support and confidential and friendly advice.
If you are caring for someone with alcohol problems and would like support, join others in the weekly meeting in Calderdale of Alcoholics Anonymous|.
I successfully quit alcohol, how can I help others to quit alcohol?
Calderdale in Recovery services| has a list of alcohol treatment services that you can get in contact with to offer your help. Sometimes people need to realise they're not on their own, and your story could make all the difference.
What are the alcohol facts?
In 2015-2016 around 400 people received treatment for alcohol abuse, at various specialist alcohol treatment centres in Calderdale.
If you would like help for alcohol addiction, Calderdale in Recovery is a specialist alcohol and drug addiction support network run by those who know what it's like to go through it. You don't have to do this alone, visit Calderdale in Recovery| to choose the support for you.
You can find other organisations who help people with alcohol and/or drug addictions in the Social care and wellbeing hub.