In a study that was published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers found that certain parenting styles had a direct influence on their children’s alcohol consumption.

Having parents who communicated the risks of alcohol to them when they were teens, decreased the likelihood of alcohol abuse later on. The findings also pointed out that as children get older, parents don’t punish them as severely for breaking the rules, and this can lead to an increase in the use of alcohol. The research conducted three annual assessments of parents and the target adolescent. The first assessment was carried out when the children were 10 or 11 years old, when most kids have not yet begun drinking. They were asked questions about drinking and the family environment. They were interviewed a year later, and then again, a third time after another year had passed. Psychologist Craig Colder from University at Buffalo, New York stated that parents’ attitudes affected a kid’s attitude, and subsequently his or her drinking in general.

Have an honest, open relationship with your kids, so that they do not develop drinking problems later on in life.

Source: IANS

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.