Risky drinking is defined as parents having five or more drinks on any occasion, at least two or three times a month. The study did not consider if the teens, aged 14 to 16, actually had to witness their parents' drinking.
And mothers seemed more influential. A quarter of teens whose mums drank at risky levels had sampled alcohol, compared with almost one in five teens whose fathers drank in the same way. About 16 per cent of children whose parents did drink not heavily, had tried alcohol.
While the research didn't show young teens were drinking in excess, it did show their friends were influential. Only 5 per cent of teens who had no friends who drank alcohol, had sampled it. But if they had at least one friend who drank, this rose to 40 per cent.
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