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Alcohol Poll: Half Of Kids See Parents Drunk
Almost half of 10 to 14-year-olds have seen their parents drunk, according to new research.
A survey by the industry-funded charity Drinkaware found 46% had seen their parents drunk, with 29% saying they had seen it on more than one occasion.
The poll of 1,000 parents and their children also found 42% of parents admitting their child had seen them or their partner drunk.
But 72% of parents said they felt very confident talking to their child about drinking and 75% believed they were best placed to do so.
Elaine Hindal, chief executive of Drinkaware, said: "While setting rules about alcohol and speaking to children about the risks is a positive step, equally important is that parents understand their significant influence as role models and feel confident to set a good example.
"Children are aware of alcohol from a young age.
"Estimates suggest that around one in three children under 16 in the UK live with an adult binge-drinker, and studies show that the odds of a teenager getting drunk double if they have seen their parents drunk - even if only on a few occasions.
"Understanding the impact of what parents say as well as what they do is important, as both can shape children's attitudes towards alcohol."
Public opinion is mixed on the streets.
In Chester in Cheshire, a mother told Sky News she has no concerns about drinking in front of her family.
"Yes, they have seen me drunk, being silly and doing silly things ... but it doesn't worry me at all," she said.
"I have a teenage daughter who is old enough to drink, but I wouldn't offer to buy her one. I don't encourage her to drink at all."
But a father said he would never get drunk in front of his children because he wanted to set a good example.
He told Sky News: "I normally have a drink after they have gone to bed. However, they have seen me drink, but they have never seen me drunk."