Advice for parents and caregivers

For children and young people under 18 years, not drinking alcohol is the safest option.

Those under 15 years of age are at the greatest risk of harm from drinking alcohol and not drinking in this age group is especially important.

For young people aged 15 to 17 years, the safest option is to delay drinking for as long as possible.

If 15 to 17-year-olds do drink alcohol, they should be supervised, drink infrequently and at levels usually below and never exceeding the adult daily limits.

HPA booklet resource for parents


 The Alcohol and Your Kids booklet provides parents and caregivers with helpful advice and includes tips about delaying drinking, being a role model, building and maintaining a good relationship, and what to do when things go wrong.

Download Alcohol and your kids  (PDF, 4.15MB)