Why is it important to talk to your child about drinking before they're 13? The Alcohol Education Trust explains, and shares their tips for age-appropriate discussions.
The Chief Medical Officer’s recommendation for Scotland.
The Chief Medical Officers of the different nations have slightly different guidelines relating to under-age drinking. Here's the advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales.
Alcohol has a magnetic attraction for young people. Almost every parent of teenagers knows someone who's had a party go disastrously wrong because someone smuggled in bottles of vodka, or some child who's had to go to hospital. But what's the legal position? Should you ever give children a glass of wine with dinner? How old do they have to be before you take them into a pub? The law explained.
Drinkaware suggest following the Chief Medical Officer’s advice on underage drinking.
In England, the guidelines are:
Children are much more aware of alcohol than you think - have a look at our tips on how to handle the issue with your teen.