Parents as Role Models

Parents need to consider the example they set for their children by their own alcohol consumption, according to Australian Federal Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony.

The Minister's call is supported by extensive research showing that parents are the most powerful factors in shaping their childrens' beliefs and attitudes about alcohol. Young people tend to grow up to have drinking behaviors similar to those of their parents. And what parents do is much more important than what they say. Thus, parents need to set a good example of moderation and sensible drinking if they expect that their children will choose to drink as adults.


  • Responsible Alcohol Use Begins at Home. DSICA press release, September 5, 2002 (