New Australian research finds that allowing teens to drink at home is not protective

August 2021

Using data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) researchers found that in 2016, around 28% of teens aged 16-17 were allowed to drink alcohol at home. Approximately 18% of teens of this age were permitted to take alcohol to parties or social events. Among teens who had ever drunk alcohol, those with permission to drink at home were significantly more likely to have drunk in the past month (77%, compared to 63%) and in the past week (49%, compared to 34%). the study also found that teens allowed to drink at home were more likely to have experienced alcohol-related harm compared to those without permission (23% vs 17%, respectively).

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