Don’t deter parents from teaching children about responsible drinking

19/10/2017

Letter to the Guardian 19 October 2017

Dear Editor,

Parents reading your article on 18 October, Even Moderate Drinking By Parents Can Upset Children Study (https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/18/even-moderate-drinking-by-parents-can-upset-children-study) should not be deterred from teaching their children about responsible drinking or demonstrating how adults can enjoy an alcoholic drink at home while socialising. Many people choose to mark a special occasion or family get together with a drink and they should not be made to feel guilty for doing so. As a mature society, we should recognise both the benefits and potential harms of alcohol and take a considered approach to balancing risk. The vast majority of people in this country do not support abstinence – most choose to drink for pleasure and do so in moderation. I’m sure there are many parents and guardians who won’t take kindly to being told how to raise their children or what to do in the comfort of their own homes by organisations such as the IAS.

John Timothy, Chief Executive

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