British survey: Nearly one-fifth of parents think drinking makes them better at it

Almost a fifth of Britain’s mothers and fathers believe drinking alcohol actually helps make them a better parent, a disturbing new report has revealed.

A survey by the charity 4Children highlights a ‘silent epidemic’ with a worrying six out of 10 parents claiming their drug or alcohol use had no effect on family life.

Of those questioned, seven per cent admitting drinking every day while only nine per cent thought their drinking had a negative effect.