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The World Cup will be a major event on the sporting calendar and will emanate throughout the pubs and homes of the United Kingdom.
But parents may be anxious for another reason: worrying about how much there teenager will be drinking and whether they’ll get carried away celebrating the World Cup and perhaps taking risks they wouldn’t consider when sober.
Recent statistics from Family Lives’ Helpline highlight that the charity received 12877 calls between 1st March 14 & 31st May 14 with 834 calls concerning issues around the child-parent relationship. 212 related to risky behaviour – of which 67 calls directly concerned teenage alcohol use. Some adult carers may be worrying therefore how to protect their children from football fall-out as the number of young people engaging in risky behaviour may increase during June and July 2014.
Previous World Cup research carried out online on behalf of Family Lives* found that over one in five (21%) parents of children aged 11 to 21 believed their child will drink more alcohol due to the football tournament. However, not all of those parents thought that their child drinking more is a cause for concern (12%). More than one in 5 (21%) thought their child who drinks alcohol will be drinking more due to the World Cup.
Suzie Hayman, Family Lives, Trustee said:
“When children are young, we instill boundaries to protect them and keep them away from harm or danger. As they grow older and become teenagers, these naturally shift and change, but it’s still important to maintain your boundaries so that your teenager knows what kind of behaviour is acceptable, and knows that you care. When teenagers understand the reasons behind your decision, and see that you've taken their opinions into account, they may be more motivated to co-operate. Talk to your teen and let them know what is important to you and why. Give them a chance to respond, and make sure you really listen. You may find that the conversation is much more effective, as your teen gains a sense of responsibility. Work out what is really important to you and what you could let go. Too many boundaries can cause resentment and be impossible to maintain, so strike a balance and be prepared to re-negotiate throughout the World Cup.”
To allay parental concerns, here are some World Cup Top Tips from Family Lives for talking about alcohol during The World Cup.
Parents and carers with concerns over teenagers and risky behaviour issues regarding the World Cup can call Family Lives’ Helpline free on 0808 800 2222, or e-mail email@example.com or visit www.gotateenager.org.uk.
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*Figures from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 4789 adults of which 460 are parents who have a child aged between 11 and 21 who drinks alcohol. Fieldwork was undertaken between June 11th and June 15th 2010. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+). Results showed that more than one in ten (12%) parents of children aged 11 to 21 who drink alcohol think their child will drink more due to the World Cup but are not worried about it. Almost one in ten (9%) parents of children aged 11 to 21 who drink alcohol think their child will drink more due to the World Cup and are worried about it. More than one in 5 (21%) think their child who drinks alcohol will be drinking more due to the World Cup.