Firm rules by parents can prevent adolescent binge drinking: New Deakin Uni research

New Victorian research shows adolescents whose parents set rules to not supply or allow them to use alcohol are 25% less likely to binge drink.

Led by Deakin University’s Professor John Toumbourou, the research team ran a two-year parent information program in 12 schools and then compared binge drinking rates in 14-year-olds at the intervention schools and at schools who had not participated in the program.

Professor Toumbourou said the reductions in adolescent alcohol use were related to the parents in the intervention schools setting firmer rules discouraging underage alcohol use.

Read the Deakin University media release

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