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Helping your teen develop safe drinking habits

Parents and teen drink wine with a mealParents and caregivers can have a positive influence on teenagers' relationship with alcohol. You can help them to develop healthy habits around alcohol in a number of ways including:

Concerns about drinking

If you are worried that a young person may be drinking too much, you could try to talk to them about your concerns. You could also encourage them to talk to their usual doctor. It might be reassuring for them to know that a doctor has to keep all information about their medical care private. If they'd prefer to see another doctor and are in Christchurch, they can see one for free at 298 Youth Health (phone (03) 943‑9298).

The Community Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) is free for youths aged 13 to 18 who may have mental health or alcohol and drug issues. CYMHS provides short-term support and education as well as coordinates and supports longer term treatment if needed. Young people can refer themselves to the service. A GP, counsellor, teacher or parent can also refer them. This can be by phone on (03) 358‑2690 or using the online referral form.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed January 2021.

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