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Parental behavior primary influence on teenagers' drinking

By Ernest Dempsey     Jun 20, 2011 in Lifestyle
York - It’s the role of parents and friends that casts the primary influence on a teenager’s inclination to drinking, concludes a new survey in the United Kingdom.
The recent survey was carried out by Ipsos MORI, Britain’s leading research company, for the Rowntree Foundation, a charity, in UK and included 5,700 teenagers of 13 to 16 years. The findings, published on BBC News show that 20 percent, or one in each five of these children, had got drunk before they were 14, and 50 percent had got drunk by age 16.
The survey tried to determine what was the primary influence on a teenager’s decision to indulge in alcoholic drinking and the answer that came out was—parental behavior. Teenagers who saw their parents drinking, even if occasionally, were twice as likely to go for drinking than others of their age.
The survey also reveals that parental supervision is a significant influence on a teenager’s drinking habits: loose supervision meant greater likelihood of the teenager to get to drinking. After the parental influence, staying with friends, i.e. away from home, was the most significant influence as concludes the Ipsos MORI survey. For those teens who spent more than two evenings a week with friends, chances to get drunk were double than those staying home. And for those who stayed out of home daily in the evening, chances of drinking increased four times.
Commenting on the survey’s report, Britain’s’ Labour health spokeswoman Diane Abbott was quoted saying by The Guardian that the report was indicative of the government’s failure in acting on the matter of alcohol pricing, the reason underlying the drinking epidemic found in teens today.
In an article posted on News Tonight Africa, Thompho Makuvaro addressed parents, asking them to “turn the spotlight” on themselves and consider what kind of role model they are to children, the next time they (parents) resort to drinking.
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