Parents can stop their teenagers becoming heavy drinkers

Parents can’t prevent youngsters experimenting with drink, but they can help to stop them becoming heavy drinkers, according to a new study.

Parents can’t prevent youngsters experimenting with drink, but they can help to stop them becoming heavy drinkers, according to a new study.
Scientists from the Brigham Young University, in Utah, carried out research on 5,000 teenagers between 12 and 19 and found parenting style did not affect whether a child would try alcohol or not.
But the study found teens with ‘strict’ parents who struggled to show emotion were more than twice as likely to become heavy drinkers.
Youngsters with warm and attentive parents were more likely to be sensibe around alcohol, claim researchers whose results were published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs reports.
However, the offspring of parents judged loving but inattentive almost tripled the likelihood of them becoming heavy users of alcohol.
Prof Stephen Bahr, of Brigham Young University, said: ”While parents didn’t have much of an effect on whether their teens tried alcohol, they can have a significant impact on the more dangerous type of drinking.
”The adolescent period is kind of a transitional period and parents sometimes have a hard time navigating that.  Although peers are very important, it’s not true that parents have no influence.
”Parents need to realise you need to have both accountability and support in your relationship with adolescents. Make sure that it’s not just about controlling their behaviour – you need to combine knowing how they spend their time away from home with a warm, loving relationship.”





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