PsychCentral - Parents Can Make a Difference in Teen Drinking Practices

By RICK NAUERT PHD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on January 9, 2015

Emerging research finds parenting practices and restrictions when it comes to alcohol use can significantly influence adolescent drinking behaviors.

University of Buffalo psychologist Craig Colder discovered consistent and sustained parental attitudes can make a difference in a child’s use of alcohol.

This study, however, shows that those same parents who communicate the risks of alcohol use with their young children are often less likely to continue those discussions as their kids get older.

“This finding suggests that parents shouldn’t underestimate the impact of maintaining that messaging as their children move through adolescence,” says Colder.