Parents Protect Against Binge Drinking

A study of 10,271 students in the UK in the online journal Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy found that when parents provided alcohol to their children in a family environment, children were less likely to engage in binge drinking and experience negative drinking outcomes. This rigorous study confirms cultural evidence from many other countries: drinking alcohol in the presence of parents has a protective affect against binge drinking.

5 Responses to “Parents Protect Against Binge Drinking”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The current drinking age is absurd. No training is provided to the new 21 year old drinkers and those below the age, abuse alcohol. A lower drinking age of 18, with alcohol education and a license will get the job done. In addition, the current law treats 18-20 year olds like children and abuses the 13th amendment because this power is left to the states. Go-Choose Responsibility!

  2. Corey Says:

    I think federal higway fund cuts for states that don’t comply is apalling and unpatriotic. The 10th amendment should give the states the power to decided their drinking ages, drunk driving laws, etc. There should be no minimum drinking age like in Europe! Let’s hope MADD doesn’t convince the legislators not to lower the drinking age.

  3. rich s Says:

    Can’t states make up the highway shortfall with an additional small tax on alcohol? this will be a small price to pay for alcohol education. Additionally, most alcohol and drug education courses are not taken seriously by young people because the dangers of certain drugs (pot, hash) are exaggerated and put on the same level as truly dangerous drugs like meth, opiates and crack.. We also need more research on diagnostic tests that will determine who will be most at risk because of addictive personalities.

  4. O'bob Says:

    Edwin is exactly right. Why are parents continually encouraged to push their kids off a cliff? No you can’t drink …no…no. Then,Congratulations! You are now 21 and you can drink as much as you like – have a ball or a binge, whatever.
    I was taught how to drink under the watchful eyes of my family. Young people attending a big celebration could have wine (watered down to the alcohol level of mouthwash). Still, they were expected to act responsibly. Watching the foolish behavior of the one or two adults who drank too much made me swear never to humiliate myself like they did.
    In Ohio, where I grew up, an 18 year old could drink beer that was below 3.2% alcohol (like today’s light beer). Again, we could learn how to drink and behave responsibly without going off a cliff and going directly to liquor. People who attempt to get drunk on 3.2 beer will have their night of wrenching and toilet bowl hugging begin too early – before they are able to get drunk. Ohio would still be selling 3.2 beer to 18 year-olds if they hadn’t been for the coercion of the federal government. What kind of lesson does that teach?

  5. Allison Says:

    I agree! Let’s lower the age back to 18 (at least do so for wine and beer) and let the parent provide alcohol if they so wish. I began having light cocktails with my parents when I was 13 or so… I remember the Pina Coladas. Very little alcohol was in them (if any) but I was always taught that it was ok to drink AT HOME with mom and dad. So that when I turned 18, it was not such a big deal (as it was for friends whose parents never allowed it – now THEY got DRUNK!) I can barely count the times that I’ve been drunk (and SICK!). I feel like being under my parents’ guidance was very important. I will do the same for my children when they are older.