Parents are the biggest source of alcohol and advice on it to their children, a new survey by alcohol education charity Drinkaware has revealed.

The survey found that 72 per cent of the children questioned said their parents would be the first source of advice on issues relating to alcohol, while 50 per cent said their parents supplied them with their last alcoholic drink.

All children in the survey were aged 10-17 years old, while all of the families were social grade ABC1.

Parents also felt that they needed more information on their child's alcohol use, with almost a third (32 per cent) saying they were unsure of the effects alcohol had on children.

To give parents the support they need, Drinkaware plans to launch 'Mumtank' - a team of expert mums, which will provide practical advice on issues around children and alcohol use and produce a number of resources in the summer on the issue. Expert mums in the 'Mumtank' include Carrie Longton, co-founder of Mumsnet and The One Show's resident GP, Dr Sarah Jarvis.

Chris Sorek, chief executive of Drinkaware, said: "These findings will help to reassure parents that their children are more likely to go to them for advice about alcohol than their peers. So it's really important that they have the right advice, information and support to talk to their kids. Evidence shows that the earlier children start drinking, the more likely they are to drink more and more frequently as they grow up.

"Parents are key to tackling the UK's drinking culture in the long term, and we want to help them ensure their kids don't grow up to be the next generation of binge drinkers. Drinkaware's Mumstank aims to bring the debate about children and alcohol to life and spark lively discussion by increasing awareness of the issues, providing expert advice and questioning pre-conceived ideas about children and alcohol."

Story posted by Robert Mair on 18/04/2012