Parents give kids booze for finishing exams

Almost one in four parents (23%) will reward their children with alcohol to celebrate finishing their exams, a new Drinkaware survey has shown.

The results revealed that on average, children aged between 14 and 17-years-old will receive nine units of alcohol to take to post-exam parties, holidays or festivals, equating to a third of a bottle of vodka, four cans of beer or a bottle of wine.

Away from exam periods, 54% of parents admitted giving their children an alcoholic drink, and 86% said they had given their children alcohol when they had asked for it.

“The average amount some parents are providing is equivalent to a whole bottle of wine, and that is more than enough to get a 15-year-old drunk,” warned Elaine Hindal, chief executive of Drinkaware.

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