Study Says Drinking with Your Kids Doesn’t Prevent Abuse
Dutch teens who were allowed to drink alcohol at home drank more outside the home than their peers and — along with other teens who drank — were at increased risk of developing alcohol problems, according to researchers from Radboud University Nijmegen.
The study authors tracked 428 Dutch families with two children ages 13-15. They found that teens who drank at home also drank more on their own, and vice-versa, suggesting that teen drinking begets more teen drinking regardless of setting.
"The idea is generally based on common sense,"
"The idea is generally based on common sense," said researcher Haske van der Vorst. "For example, the thinking is that if parents show good behavior — here, modest drinking — then the child will copy it. Another assumption is that parents can control their child’s drinking by drinking with the child."
“ … try to postpone the age at which their child starts drinking”
However, the study demonstrated that, "If parents want to reduce the risk that their child will become a heavy drinker or problem drinker in adolescence, they should try to postpone the age at which their child starts drinking," said van der Vorst.
The research was published in the January 2010 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
Despite all of your efforts to keep your kids drug-free, one day you might suspect that your son or daughter is using drugs or alcohol. Perhaps you have found an odd-looking pipe in his room, cans and bottles in the car or rolling papers in her laundry. Or you overheard a conversation not meant for you. Whatever the signal, your gut instinct has been activated. How do you know if you need to do anything? What do you do now? Where do you turn for help?
Every day, approximately 4,700 American youth under age 18 try marijuana for the first time. That is about equal to the enrollment of six average-sized U.S. high schools. In 2003, nearly nine out of 10 twelfth graders reported marijuana as being accessible.
By the time they finish the eighth grade, approximately 50 percent of adolescents have had at least one drink, and more than 20 percent report having been “drunk.”
Drug and alcohol use by teens increases the risk of addiction and can change the developing brain for life.
Despite these statistics, one thing remains true:
Parents are the most important influence in a teen’s decisions about drug use. You can and do make a difference. If you suspect or know that your child is using drugs, take action now, because the longer you wait, the harder it will be to deal with your child’s drug use.
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As dads drink more their children are more likely to have problems.
A University of Minnesota study has found that fathers who are heavy alcohol drinkers are more likely to have troubled children, HealthScout News reported.
Researchers asked 2,500 fathers how many alcoholic drinks they had ever consumed in one day.
They determined that the more the fathers drank, the greater the risk that their children would become dependent on alcohol or drugs or have behavioral problems, such as attention-deficit disorder.
“As the number of drinks per day went up, the likelihood of problems increased,” said Stephen Malone, lead author of the study and a research associate with the Minnesota Twin Family Study at the University of Minnesota.
The researchers said the findings offered a way to identify adults and youngsters who are most at risk.
Results of the study are published in the December 2002 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.