It can be difficult to know when to start the conversation about drinking with young people. Even at an early age, children have a fairly sophisticated understanding of alcohol and its effects, which mostly comes from observing their parents or other adult relatives. Each individual family will decide when it is best for them to discuss the issue of alcohol. However, it is best to open the conversation before external influences like marketing, the media and peer groups become stronger. Talking to your child about alcohol shouldn't be a once-off conversation. It should be an ongoing topic that is revisited when the opportunity presents itself.
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