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Parent drinking behaviors linked to adolescent drinking

Parent drinking behaviors linked to adolescent drinking

Medical Xpress
By Elana Gotkine
September 15, 2023

Parent drinking behaviors, specifically frequent drinking and binge drinking are associated with increased odds of drinking among adolescents, according to a study published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Michele K. Bohm, M.P.H., and Marissa B. Esser, Ph.D., from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, estimated the prevalence of adolescent drinking using responses from 740 parent-child dyads from the 2020 SummerStyles and YouthStyles surveys. In addition, the association between parents’ drinking behaviors and drinking among their children was examined.

The researchers found that 6.6% of adolescents drank alcohol; no significant differences in prevalence were seen by sociodemographic characteristics.

Compared with adolescents whose parents did not drink or did not binge drink, adolescents whose parents drank frequently (at least five days/month) or binge drank had significantly higher odds of drinking (adjusted odds ratios, 4.1 and 3.7, respectively).

“The findings of this national study suggest that if parents drink less often and avoid binge drinking, it could reduce the likelihood of underage drinking and associated alcohol-related harms,” the authors write. “Evidence-based population-level interventions can prevent both excessive drinking among adults and underage drinking.”

More information: Michele K. Bohm et al, Associations Between Parental Drinking and Alcohol Use Among Their Adolescent Children: Findings From a National Survey of United States Parent-Child Dyads, Journal of Adolescent Health (2023). DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2023.05.028

Journal information: Journal of Adolescent Health