Just Say No
You may think you can ease your adolescents into drinking by serving them controlled portions at home—but you could be setting them up to abuse alcohol into young adulthood and beyond.
“There’s such a misconception about this issue,” says Amelia Arria, associate professor of behavioral and community health and director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the School of Public Health. There’s “no research evidence that providing alcohol to underage children somehow translates into teaching them to drink responsibly.”
Arria and her colleagues reviewed 22 studies that examined the relationship between parental approaches and adolescent drinking outcomes. They looked at the consequences of parents serving their own children, as well as providing alcohol for underage parties at their homes. Their findings were published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs in July.