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Bryant, Lucy and MacKintosh, Anne Marie and Bauld, Linda . (2019) An exploration of the impact of non-dependent parental alcohol use on children. Alcohol and Alcoholism, Early online doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agz086

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AIMS: To examine the impact of non-dependent parental drinking on UK children aged 10-17.

METHODS: Cross-sectional survey of UK parents and their children in 2017 (administered to one parent in a household, then their child, totaling 997 adults and 997 children), providing linked data on parental drinking from parent and child perspectives. The survey included measures of parents' alcohol consumption and drinking motivations (both reported by parents) and children's exposure to their parent's drinking patterns and children's experiences of negative outcomes following their parent's drinking (both reported by children), plus sociodemographic measures.

RESULTS: Logistic regression analysis indicates a significant positive association between parental consumption level and children reporting experiencing negative outcomes. Witnessing a parent tipsy or drunk and having a parent who reported predominantly negative drinking motives were also associated with increased likelihood of children reporting experiencing negative outcomes. Age was also associated, with older children less likely to report experiencing negative outcomes following their parent's drinking.

CONCLUSIONS: Findings suggest levels of and motivations for parental drinking, as well as exposure to a parent tipsy or drunk, all influence children's likelihood of experiencing negative outcomes.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction
Date:5 November 2019
Volume:Early online
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption > Binge / risky drinking
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences
B Substances > Alcohol
F Concepts in psychology > Motivation
F Concepts in psychology > Attitude and behaviour > Attitude toward substance use
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors > Risk factors
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role > Role of parent
T Demographic characteristics > Child of person who uses substances
T Demographic characteristics > Parent
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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