Parental Alcohol Problems and Childrens’ Drinking Patterns

Do young people with parental alcohol problems have different drinking patterns than those without parental alcohol problems?

Study: Parental Alcohol Problems and Childrens’ Drinking

Research in Denmark studied this question. It used data from the Danish National Youth Study. This is a national survey of 75,025 high school and vocational school students. They were 15-25 years old.

These were the main predictor variables.

    • Perceived parental alcohol problems.
    • Living with a parent with alcohol problems.
    • Severity of the parents’ alcohol problems.

And these were the outcome variables.

    • Non-drinking.
    • Weekly alcohol consumption.
    • Frequent binge drinking.
    • Early age of intoxication.

The Findings

parental alcohol problemsThe researchers found that young people with perceived parental alcohol problems have an earlier age of intoxication. They also binge drink more often. And they drink higher quantities per week. That’s in comparison to young people without parental alcohol problems.




Pisinger V., et al. Perceived parental alcohol problems and drinking patterns in youth. Prev Med, 2017, S0091-7435(17), 30003-8.


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