Parents Giving Teens Alcohol Increasing Risks



New research by The University of Queensland’s Centre for Youth Substance Abuse has found that parents who provide alcohol to their underage teenagers to try to teach them to drink safely and provide them with a safe environment to drink, may actually be doing more harm than good.
Research shows that buying teens alcohol doesn’t help them drink in moderation and may actually contribute to binge drinking and supplying alcohol to their peers, given that teens are likely to share alcohol provided by parents with their friends.
Dr Gary Chan, lead researcher found that teenagers living in regions where parents supply alcohol are more likely to drink heavily, regardless of whether or not they obtained the alcohol from their own parent.
Between 2004 and 2013 the prevalence of parental alcohol apply in Queensland decreased from 18 per cent to 8 per cent. Find out more: