There are parents who will look at some questions and be concerned that by addressing them with their child they might be seen as condoning their use of alcohol or tactfully encouraging risky behaviour.

Of course you don’t want to normalise risky behaviour, so how you present this sort of information is of paramount importance. To sit down with your child and give them instructions on how to look after a drunk friend does not provide a context, and could be dangerous. If, however, a conversation starts about alcohol and there is a discussion about responsible drinking, it would be entirely appropriate to provide information to your child about what to do should something go wrong.

Excerpt from “Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs” by Paul Dillon.
Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.