In what is thought to be a bad trend, nearly 50% of children aged 10 to 14 have seen their mother or father drunk and this increases the risk of children developing alcohol related problems in their adult life. Alarmingly, some 29% of children consistently see a parent drunk.
Recent research by Drinkaware, that quizzed 1000 parents revealed that parents are bad role models and children end up learning bad habits from the very people they look up to.
Nearly 42% of parents admit that their children had seen them or their partner drunk. Children copy parental behavior and studies show that the odds of a teenager getting drunk is double even if they have occasionally seen their parent in an inebriated state.
Siobhan Freegard, founder of the parenting website Netmums, said: "We all know children copy their parents' behavior, so for almost half of all 10-year-olds to see their parents drunk is storing up trouble for the future." While no one is suggesting parents shouldn't have the odd drink, being drunk in charge of children is setting a poor example and can be very frightening for the child.
"The study shows teens are twice as likely to get drunk if they see their parents drunk - and it also makes it harder for parents to talk about drinking responsibly." Kids will simply see it as a case of 'do as I say, not as I do'.
It is important that parents set a good example and practice what they preach because actions speak louder than words.