At the age of two, children are able to distinguish alcoholic beverages from the other. Four is the first positive or negative associations are developing them to alcohol, the result of studies by 2017. In a new study, researchers have compared the attitude of parents to alcohol consumption of their children with their drinking behavior.
“Alcohol consumption can be problematic, especially among young people”, says the lead author of the study, Mariliis Teal-Oeren, a researcher at the University of Cambridge. For the study, she and colleagues had analyzed 23 studies. These contained data from a total of about 16,500 children between the ages of 7 to 18 years of age and more than 15,000 parents from the USA and Europe.
The results show that children of parents drinking with a relaxed attitude to adolescent alcohol consumption more often and excessive. You start also more likely to take alcohol.
The researchers compared to another, how strict the parents looked at the drinking behavior of their children and how strictly the children took their parents come true. They found that the children, their parents are often more relaxed view than the parents themselves. The pointed to the fact that children are hardly aware of what your parents think about your alcohol consumption, or the other children, says the study.
Puberty, autonomy, and alcohol
The reason for this was not, however, that the children understand their parents, in principle, the scientists report. Crucial has a different perception, created by the values and expectations of the children instead. Also, the “ignorance of children” games may play a role.
“It is important that children are aware of the short – and long-term consequences of drinking,” says researcher Teal-Oeren. “If parents do not want their children to drink alcohol, then you must say so clearly.”
Whether in fact the attitude of the parents is decisive for the drinking behaviour of the children is not able to answer the study concludes. The Problem: The attitude of the parents and the drinking behaviour of children influence each other. So, some researchers assume that instead of the alcohol consumption of the children influenced the attitude of the parents – and not, as assumed to be the other way round expires.
Consumption of alcohol in Germany and Europe
In Germany, the regular alcohol consumption of young people in recent years – however, you drink for excessive. In the spring of 2019 published study by the Federal centre for health education, 40 per cent of the surveyed young adults said almost to have within the past month, at least once five or more glasses of alcohol in a row to drink.
A Europe-wide study of schools had shown 2015, almost 50 percent of the respondents have been drinking under the age of 13 times to alcohol. Each twelfth was drunk at 13 or younger times.