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Underage Alcohol Consumption Drops Due to Better Parenting in the UK

by Reshma Anand on  July 4, 2016 at 6:22 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News   - G J E 4
Children under the age of 21 are getting addicted to alcohol due to peer pressure and other lifestyle changes. But a survey by the Institute of Alcohol Studies has revealed that underage drinking rates have fallen in the United Kingdom.
Underage Alcohol Consumption Drops Due to Better Parenting in the UK
Underage Alcohol Consumption Drops Due to Better Parenting in the UK
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About 61% of children aged 11-15 years tried alcohol in 2003, but in 2014 only 38% of them had tried alcohol. This significant decrease is considerably due to better parenting skills and rise in alcohol rates.

‘Better parenting skills and higher tax have helped in reducing underage alcohol consumption in the UK.’
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The survey revealed that parents in this generation hesitate to drink in front of their kids, carefully watch their children' activities and contacts and more than that they maintain an open, friendly relationship with children.

Also, higher alcohol taxes has substantially reduced the affordability of alcohol between 2008 and 2013, which is likely to be one of the leading causes of falling consumption.

Katherine Brown, Director of the Institute of Alcohol Studies, said: "It's terrific to see that better parenting skills and improved family relationships may be contributing to the fall in drinking amongst children and young people."

Source: Medindia
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