Drinking rules ‘change’ on holiday

A new survey has found that the rules over letting children drink appear to change when families go on holiday.

holiday drinkingThe research, carried out by travel agent sunshine.co.uk, found that 26% of parents surveyed said they had let children under 18 drink alcohol when they were on foreign trips. Of these parents, the majority (55%) had given the go ahead for 15 to 17-year-olds. A total of 23% had allowed 12 to 14-year-olds to drink alcohol, while 18% had let nine to 11-year-olds do so and 3% had given permission to six to eight-year- olds.

A total of 1,782 British parents, each with a child under the age of 18, who had been away with their children on a foreign trip in the last 12 months, were involved in the survey.

Asked why they had allowed their under-age child to drink alcohol abroad, the main reason given was that they thought it was legal abroad. Others reckoned it was easier to get away with it abroad, while some wanted their children to have fun on holiday.

Sunshine.co.uk managing director Chris Clarkson said: “Parents that think the legal drinking age differs abroad should always check their facts, because in most places it’s still 18 or 21.

“A glass of wine with a meal for a teenager is sometimes acceptable, but letting your underage child get drunk, especially in a strange environment, is very irresponsible, not to mention dangerous.”

This survey comes as research suggests that the number of youngsters in England who have tried alcohol is falling. Last month a poll published by the Office for National Statistics and Health and Social Care Information Centre found that only two-fifths of children aged 11-15 had ever drunk alcohol, compared to 61% in 2002.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Supply Chain Supervisor

Speciality Drinks
UK, UK

Sales Manager

Stilnovisti
London, UK

Regional Key Account Manager - On Trade

Lanson International UK
South of England, UK

Private Account Manager

Jeroboams Wine Merchants
London N1, UK

Sales Role

JF Tobias
London, UK

Events Assistant

Decanter
London, UK

Head of Marketing

Decanter
London, UK

Market Manager - Asia

Wines of South Africa
China,

Administrative Assistant – Private Clients

Howard Ripley Ltd
Barnes, London, UK

Sales Account Manager

Berkmann
Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, UK

Prosecco Springs

London,United Kingdom
26th Apr 2018

Spirits & More

Rome,Italy
19th May 2018

db Awards 2018

London,UK
23rd May 2018
Click to view more

The Global Malbec Masters 2017

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

the drinks business is thrilled to announce the launch of The Global Sparkling Masters.

Click to view more