At, 14, nearly two-thirds of children in Quebec have already taken a drink. The results of research show that 90% of all Quebecers said that they believed that parents are responsible for teaching children about drinking and telling them about problems related to alcohol abuse. However, parents are not generally aware of how important it is for them to talk to their children about alcohol, and the earlier the better.
“Be Prepared to Talk to your Children” was produced after two years of effort. It is based on research assisted by the Universite de Montreal and an organisation specialised in producing pedagogical aids. The leaflets have been distributed in Quebec schools to all 9-10 year olds.
The guide provides parents with information to help educate their children about drinking and gives advice as to how parents can help to equip their children to handle certain alcohol-related situations. The guide contains sections for age bands ranging from 8 to 18.