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Should my child drink alcohol?

Children and young people are advised not to drink alcohol before the age of 18. 

Alcohol use during the teenage years is related to a wide range of health and social problems.

However, if children do drink alcohol underage, it should not be until they are at least 15. They should be supervised, and have no more than 1 drink a week.

Health advice

Health risks:

  • Drinking alcohol can damage a child's health, even if they're 15 or older. It can affect the normal development of vital organs and functions, including the brain, liver, bones and hormones.
  • Beginning to drink before age 14 is associated with increased health risks, including alcohol-related injuries, involvement in violence, and suicidal thoughts and attempts.
  • Drinking at an early age is also associated with risky behaviour, such as violence, having more sexual partners, pregnancy, using drugs, employment problems and drink driving.

Advice for parents:

  • If children do drink alcohol, they should not do so until they're at least 15 years old.
  • If 15 to 17 year olds drink alcohol, it should be rarely, and never more than once a week. They should always be supervised by a parent or carer.
  • If 15 to 17 year olds drink alcohol, they should never drink more than 2 to 3 units of alcohol. 1 unit of alcohol is about half a pint of beer (less than 4% ABV) or a single measure (25ml) of spirits. A small glass of wine (125ml) equals 1.5 units of alcohol. Read more about alcohol units.
  • If your child intends to drink alcohol, using positive practices such as incentives, setting limits, agreeing on specific boundaries and offering advice can help.

Talking to your child

Talk to your child about the dangers of alcohol before they start drinking. You can use the points below as guidance.

  • Make it clear that you disapprove. Research suggests that children are less likely to drink alcohol when their parents show that they do not agree with it.
  • Do not shout at your child, because it will make them defensive and could make the situation worse. Stay calm and firm.
  • Make it clear that you're there for them if they need you and answer any questions they have.
  • Talk to your child about how alcohol affects judgement. Drinking too much could lead them to do something they later regret, such as having unprotected sex, getting into fights or drink driving.
  • Warn your child about the dangers of drink spiking, such as rape and sexual assault, and how to avoid it.
  • If your child wants to drink alcohol, advise them to eat something first, not drink too much and have a soft drink between alcoholic drinks.
  • Make sure your child tells you where they're going and has a plan for getting home safely. If they're planning to drink, make sure they're with friends who can look after them.

You may also find the alcohol misuse topic useful.

Drinkaware also has information and advice about talking to your child about alcohol

What the law says

The police can stop, fine or arrest a person under 18 who is drinking alcohol in public. If you're under 18, it's against the law:

  • for someone to sell you alcohol
  • to buy or try to buy alcohol
  • for an adult to buy or try to buy alcohol for you
  • to drink alcohol in licensed premises, such as a pub or restaurant

However, if you're 16 or 17 and accompanied by an adult, you can drink (but not buy) beer, wine or cider with a meal.

If you're 16 or under, you may be able to go to a pub or premises that's primarily used to sell alcohol if you're accompanied by an adult. However, this is not always the case and it can depend on the premises and the licensable activities taking place there.

It's illegal to give alcohol to children under 5. 

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