The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) led a study which found that moderate drinking by parents can either leave children feeling embarrassed, worried or lead to their bedtime being disrupted.
The findings have prompted calls for parents to think more carefully about their alcohol consumption and for the government to overhaul official advice about when and how much people should drink.
Director at the Soul City Institute for Social Justice, Dr Sue Goldstein tells 702 anchor, Azania Mosaka that there are a number of concerns when parents drink alcohol in the presence of their kids.
She asks if a parent is drunk and their judgment is impaired, who is then responsible for the safety of the child?
If you are not sober and something happens to your child, can you imagine how terrible you'd feel afterwards, never mind the poor child.— Dr Sue Goldstein, Director at the Soul City Institute for Social Justice
South Africa has one of the highest numbers of the worst violence in homes in the world and unfortunately children are witness to this all the time explains Goldstein.
She adds that whenever a parent gets drunk, it may lead to children becoming anxious that things will end in violence, either to themselves or their mothers.
She adds that another problematic aspect of this, is learning to drink, where kids end up emulating their parents' drinking patterns and behaviours, more so excessive drinking.
Just yesterday at my daughters primary school, a bottle of alcohol was found in a bin on the school's premises. And they found out it was five grade five students who had been drinking from the morning, until around 10 or 11 when they were found out.— Jason, caller
Eleven year olds drinking is common as children do experiment says Goldstein adding that in such cases adults are involved and should be ashamed.
I definitely think parents should not get drunk in front of their children.— Dr Sue Goldstein, Director at the Soul City Institute for Social Justice
@Azania_ kids take advantage when they see an elder person drinking. They ask for money knowing u will give it readily 2 make them disappear— Everything will take care of itself - Làissez Fair (@moloit6) October 20, 2017
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