Australian study finds no evidence to support parental supply of alcohol is ‘protective’

January 2018
More data was released from the UNSW longitudinal study, now looking at a 6-year period of adolescence. The authors found that there was “no evidence to support the view that parental supply protects from adverse drinking outcomes by providing alcohol to their child.” In fact, they found that parental provision of alcohol to children was associated with subsequent binge drinking, alcohol-related harm(s) and symptoms of alcohol use disorder. Most interestingly, parental supply was found to be “associated with increased risk of other supply, not the reverse”, i.e., if a parent gave their child alcohol, they were more likely to then get alcohol from somewhere else as well.

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