Affected by alcohol? Here’s how your rights can help

17 November 2015

This week – the 16th to the 22nd of November – is Alcohol Awareness Week. It’s a time to think about the effects that alcohol can have, on both the people who drink it and those who their drinking impacts.

Alcohol and your rights

Article 33 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that you have the right to be protected from dangerous drugs, including alcohol. It says:

  • you should be taught about the effects that alcohol has on people
  • your views about alcohol should be listened to and taken into account when you’re taught about its effects.

Article 33 isn’t about judging people for drinking, or for having someone close to them who does. Instead, it exists to help protect you from the effects alcohol can have on yourself or someone close to you.

If you want to know more about the effects of drinking, the links below may help. You can also contact us if there’s anything you’d like to say on the subject.

Find out more

  • The Site: Drink and drugs

    The Site has lots of information about the effects of drink and drugs.
  • Cair Scotland

    Cair Scotland supports people from various parts of Scotland whose lives have been affected by drink and drugs
  • Nacoa

    If you are worried about a parent’s drinking, Nacoa has useful information and a free helpline you can ring.
  • Al-Anon

    The Al-Anon hotline can provide you with support when you are affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of who that person is
  • Alcolator

    Alcolator has advice about the effects of drinking for children and young people in Scotland.