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Parents turned to drink

Parents turned to drink

Parents turned to drink

Families with pre-school children were more likely to drink more due to lockdown than any other household, a new survey has revealed.

21 per cent of families with pre-school children said they over-indulged in alcohol during the first lockdown phase.

This is compared to a national average of 12pc.

The survey was conducted as part of a strategy from Drinkaware which is urging adults, especially parents, to develop healthy coping strategies that don't involve alcohol.

Out of the 21pc of parents with preschool children who reported drinking more, three in five said it was due to increased stress or tension at home during lockdown.

One in three reported drinking to cheer them up if they were in a bad mood or stressed, while 22pc said drinking helps them when they are depressed or anxious.

Homes with older children reported a lower percentage of those drinking more due to the lockdown.

Teenagers

From the survey, it appears the younger the children, the more stressed parents are feeling with many turning to alcohol.

18pc of families with primary school children reported drinking more, along with 13pc of parents with teenagers.

The study surveyed 1,000 adults in April at the height of the initial lockdown.

Behavioural psychologist Padraig Walsh is advising people to change their habits one by one to live a healthier lifestyle.

"Changes in our normal routines and work practices, uncertainties about the future along with smaller social circles and fewer distractions have contributed to increased tensions for all of us this year," he said.

"It is vital to pre-plan and pre-commit to our coping strategies together as a household coming into the holiday period.

"Maintaining these new habits throughout this holiday period will be crucial, particularly when the normal social routines and outlets of Christmas are curtailed."


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