December 2, 2013

How young is too young for holiday cheer?

Some parents are taking the term “Merry Christmas” too far and supplying their children, some as young as 10, with alcohol, a health charity warned. 

One in five 10 to 14-year-olds will be given an alcoholic beverage by their parents this Christmas, and a further 22 percent will be given a drink by relatives or friends, according to research compiled by Drinkaware.

The admissions come despite an overwhelming majority of parents, 84 percent, telling Drinkaware they planned not to give their children any alcohol.

However, some parents did acknowledge a third party may be giving alcohol to their child and a further two thirds, 67 percent, said they were not concerned about exposing their kids to drinking this Christmas. 

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