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Give children a safe and alcohol-free celebration of christmas

the Christmas season is the children's festival. It is expectations and excitement associated with the celebration of christmas, and the children are looking forward a long time in advance. Some of the most important thing for children is safety and stability, and be together with present adults.

For some children is the adults ' alcohol consumption very clearly in December. There is broad support in the population to be careful with alcohol around children. Nevertheless, it is around the 90,000 children in the Uk with parents who have problems with alcohol, according to the Norwegian institute of public health.

Take a settlement with julefyll: Statistics and children don't lie

In Norway is a holiday and holidays are often associated with alcohol, and in December doubled sales at Vinmonopolet. We in IOGT conducted an opinion poll in the last year where it turned out that 6 out of 10 believe it consumed too much alcohol during the christmas season when children are present.

For many, it is so normalized to drink when we celebrate something and have a clear, that it is difficult to imagine to drop the alcohol. It provides a challenging basis for those children who find that alcohol goes beyond their safety, and destroys the christmas holiday. They call even to the hjelpetelefoner and tells about how they experience christmas. They go from joy for christmas, to rejoice that it is over.

It must be easier and the natural to take the abstinent choice, especially when with children. We do many things to protect our children, to shield them from the movies with high rating, or check that the seat belt is fastened. But children are also unsafe when they experience that adults change behavior, and they can't leave the party. It is difficult to assess their own beruselsesnivå, and children notice quickly when the mood changes. Some children will also sit and wait troubled that the adults begin to drink, for it is the way it is at home with them during the christmas season.

Lykkepromillen see anner-headed out with the children's eyes the Debate

to give more children a christmas they are connecting with safe adults have it removed that the christmas celebration must not contain alcohol. We in IOGT, Juvente and Juba is behind the campaign White Christmas, where we encourage adults to abstain from alcohol when they are together with the kids in the julehelga. The feedback from those who are with the deals that the children should be put first. Some also says that they will give their children what they themselves did not, a safe christmas celebration with sober adults.

Every time someone selects not to drink when they are together with the kids, it helps to change the attitudes that they must have alcohol to celebrate christmas, and it becomes easier to make the choice a non-alcoholic celebration. It think we will give more children a safe christmas as they look forward to.

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