Parental Involvement Can Help Prevent Underage Drinking
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Parents play an important role in their children's underage drinking, according to a recent study. The study shows that teens are more likely to binge drink if their parents or friends' parents provide alcohol at their home for a party.



Newswise - Parents play an important role in their children's underage drinking, according to a recent study by researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. The study, published this month in the Journal of Adolescent Health, shows that teens are more likely to binge drink if their parents or friends' parents provide alcohol at their home for a party.

"Parental approval of underage alcohol use is surprisingly prevalent," said Kristie Foley, Ph.D., a researcher at Wake Forest Baptist and the principal investigator of the study. Approximately 1 in 4 respondents, ages 16 to 20, attended a party where alcohol was supplied by a parent. "Parents have good intentions, thinking the teenagers won't drink and drive, that they are safer staying at home, but it sends the wrong message. Adolescents interpret this behavior as an approval to drink alcoholic beverages. Our study showed that teenagers whose parents provided alcoholic beverages for their children and their peers at a party were two times more likely to binge drink and to use alcohol within a 30 day period."

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