Associations Between Parental Drinking and Alcohol Use Among Their Adolescent Children

New research using national survey data examined associations between parental drinking and alcohol use among adolescent children in the U.S. Results indicate that those whose parents drank frequently (≥5 days/month) or binge drank had significantly higher odds of drinking than adolescents whose parents did not drink frequently or binge drink. This study adds to the research body providing evidence that underage drinking is correlated with adult alcohol use.

“Population-level strategies can reduce excessive drinking among both adults and adolescents; these include increasing alcohol taxes, enforcing laws prohibiting sales to minors, and maintaining limits on when and where alcohol is sold,” the authors wrote.

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