What’s the right thing to do as a parent when it comes to alcohol? That is one of the issues being examined at a major conference in the North East exploring the impact of alcohol in childhood.

More children in the region and nationally are choosing not to drink alcohol and although that is good news, Balance estimates that in the North East, around 16,500 11 to 15-year-olds drink on a regular basis and 9,300 have been drunk in the previous month.

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