Parents Are Still The Main Source of Alcohol to Children


Alarmingly, despite repeated health warnings parents are still the main source of alcohol for high school students.

Health warnings about the harmful effects of drinking on children are being ignored by parents who are giving their underaged children alcohol.

A surprising 43 per cent of children between 12 and 17 years old were given their last alcoholic drink by a parent compared to 17 per cent who said an adult friend provided the alcohol.The revelation was made by the Australian Secondary School Students’ Alcohol and Other Drug Study.

According to Richard Mattick, a professor at the University of NSW’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, there is no rationale for giving alcohol to minors.

While most parents think they can teach their kids to drink responsibly, there is not a single study throughout the world that shows this to be the case when parents supply alcohol to their underage children but instead studies show this increases their drinking.  See more