Parents giving teenagers alcohol could start a slippery slope

Teenagers who get booze from their parents are three times more likely to be drinking full serves by the age of 16, researchers have found.

A study by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre shows that the top predictor of year 10 students drinking is parents giving them alcohol in school years 7 to 9.

Mums and dads are the biggest suppliers of alcohol to under-18s and many do so with the best intentions.

But teen drinking is linked to a range of worrying issues in early adults, including injury, sexually-transmitted disease and alcohol dependence.

Listen to Geoff Munro, the Australian Drug Foundation’s National Policy Manager, commenting on the research.

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