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Addiction

13 February 2008

Parents influence teen drinking

When it comes to alcohol, many teenagers may take a cue from their parents, new research suggests.

When it comes to alcohol, many teenagers may take a cue from their parents, new research suggests.

Study hopes to raise awareness
"I think that this is an important finding for parents in that it raises an awareness of their multifaceted influence on the drinking behaviours of their adolescents," Latendresse said.

How the study was done
Latendresse and his colleagues report the findings in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. The study included 4 731 Finnish teenagers and their parents; all were part of an ongoing health study of twins born between 1983 and 1987.

What the study revealed
Overall, the researchers found, parents' drinking levels correlated with those of their teenagers. But it was more than a matter of the teenagers simply copying their parents. Instead, the link was partially explained by the teens' perceptions of their parents as monitors and disciplinarians.


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