Well guys, it looks like we can blame our parents for our drinking problems. You know that old “if we let our kids have a few drinks at home, the’ll learn to drink responsibly’ myth? Well it looks like that myth may have just been busted out of the water!
By 15 and 16-years of age more than a third of the sample was being supplied alcohol by their parents. Of that group, 15 per cent were drinking full serves compared with only 1.5 per cent of the younger children.
By age 15 to 16-years, half of all children in the study were drinking alcohol and obtaining it from a variety of sources including parents, peers, older teens and other adults.
Children who were given alcohol by their parents were also more likely to be obtaining alcohol from these “non-sanctioned” sources as those whose parents did not supply alcohol.”