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Parents' drinking can influence teens

17th June 2011

A survey of young teenagers has suggested that children who see their parents drunk are twice as likely to regularly get drunk themselves.

The survey of 5,700 children aged 13 to 16 carried out for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said that poor parental supervision also raises the likelihood of teenage drinking. The study also found the behaviour of friends is a powerful factor in predicting drinking habits. Researchers found 20% of those quizzed claimed to have been drunk by the time they were 14 and 50% by the age of 16.

 

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