Parents Supplying Teens With Alcohol Increase Their Risk Of Heavy Drinking


By Libby-Jane Charleston

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Parents may think that supplying their underage children with alcohol will help teach them how to drink in a safe environment, but research shows it is likely to cause harm.

When a parent willingly supplies their teenager with alcohol, a flow-on effect is created that, aside from fueling underage drinking, also increases the teens’ risk of heavy drinking. It also means that their peers are likely to join in too.

New research by The University of Queensland’s Center for Youth Substance Abuse found teens are likely to share alcohol they receive from their parents with their friends.

The research, led by Dr Gary Chan, also found adolescents living in regions where parental supply of alcohol was high were more likely…click here to continue reading