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[Irish Independent] , Riley-Smith, Ben Parental link to young drinkers. (04 Dec 2012)

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Children are almost twice as likely to have been drunk or consuming alcohol every month if their parents are heavy drinkers, a survey has found.

The link between the drinking habits of parents and their children's relationship to alcohol was revealed in a study by the independent charity Drinkaware.

It found that 19% of youngsters who had parents drinking over recommended guidelines had been drunk before, compared with 11% of children whose parents drink below the guidelines or not at all.

Similarly, 21% of children with heavy-drinking parents drink at least monthly in comparison with just 12% of youngsters whose parents do not exceed guidelines.

Siobhan McCann, head of campaigns and communications at Drinkaware, said: "Most parents want their children to grow up with a healthy relationship with alcohol and try to set a good example.

"The problem is that some parents drink above the guidelines without realising and this in turn influences their children's attitudes and behaviour.

 

Item Type:News
Source:Irish Independent
Date:4 December 2012
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Subjects:T Demographic characteristics > Underage drinker
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family and substance use > Substance related family problems
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Substance related societal (social) problems > Underage drinking
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family environment

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