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Parental Drinking Boosts Teen Alcohol Risks

Kids_drinking This is what teenagers call a "Well, duh............". Reuters HealthDay reported on February 4, 2008, on a study which appears in the February, 2008 issue of the journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research which found that parental and teenage alcohol problems are linked. It seems that parents that drink problematically themselves don't appropriately monitor and supervise their children's behaviors. This should come as a surprise to no one, but it is interesting that research supports what most people have observed and known about life. Here's a snippet from the Reuters' article:

"With respect to individual aspects of parenting, our analyses show that parental alcohol use, intoxication, and problem drinking symptoms are consistently associated with decreases in monitoring and increases in discipline," Lantendresse said.

"Decreases in monitoring are related to higher levels of adolescent alcohol use at age 14 and more frequent intoxication at both 14 and 17.5. Likewise, increases in discipline are linked to more frequent use and intoxication but only when adolescents are 17.5," Lantendresse said.

Link: MedlinePlus: Parental Drinking Boosts Teen Alcohol Risks.



Fortunately there is still a great deal of hope if parents are able to get the troubled teen the appropriate intervention. This will require a strong determination for the parent of a troubled teen not to waiver under the teens desires or promises to quit his or her drug and/or alcohol use. It may be prudent to seek out information about helping your troubled teen get the professional help they need for their drug and or alcohol abuse.

cathy smith

Parents have the biggest role in recovering their kids from addiction. If they encounter this kind of problem in their family, they should not misjudged their kids. They should know why they do such things. And understand their situation. They can even send them to the rehab centers to recover them thoroughly.

Suffering from an addiction. This website has a lot of great resources and treatment centers.

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