Heavy drinkers raise children with drinking problems

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If you're a heavy drinker, your kids will grow up with drinking problems.

That's the message of a new public health campaign in the UK, which urges adults to take a hard look at how their habits might be influencing their children's perceptions about drinking. This comes in the wake of recent studies suggesting that 66% of 12-15-year-olds get most of the alcohol from their parents.

But this doesn't mean you need to go teetotal just to raise a healthy teen. In fact, according to health officials, the primary focus of the campaign is to get parents to talk to their kids with confidence about issues like drinking -- and if they can't, to get help.

What's most interesting about this initiative, is that it's offering help to a group of parents normally left to fend for themselves. While there's a seemingly endless stream of books, websites, magazines and support services for new parents, by the time your child is a teenager, all that goes away.

I won't be parenting a teen for some time, but I imagine it's just as complicated as parenting a toddler (if not more so), and would hope that I'll still have community of support to navigate the tough issues -- drinking or otherwise.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.
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