Parental Influence in Teen Drinking

An authorative parenting style that includes restricting the availability of alcohol at home can decrease the risk that adolescents will start drinking. This risk is even lower when parents are firm in this matter and model non-drinking behavior to their teens. These findings come from a longitudinal study of more than 6500 U.S. adolescents.

PositiveTip: Authorative parenting (firm, but not harsh) protects teens from starting down the road to alcohol abuse.