Having the odd alcoholic drink when with children is something most parents wouldn’t consider unusual.
However drinking to excess or repeated drinking in front of children, even if only moderately, is now reported to have a potential impact on the children including anxiety, embarrassment and emotional issues.
As a family lawyer I sometimes see the drinking habits of parents questioned, particularly when one parent believes the other is drinking to excess in front of the child. Research such as this will help to show the potential damage on the child of such behaviour.
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Moderate drinking by parents can have a negative impact on children, causing anxiety and disrupting bedtime routines, a study says.The Institute of Alcohol Studies said parents do not have to regularly drink large amounts around children for them to notice changes in adults' behaviour.Three in 10 parents said they have been drunk in front of their children and five in 10 "tipsy", its survey found.