A study from the University of Queensland examined the extent to which a retrospective measure of parental provision of the first alcoholic beverage was related to current heavy episodic drinking and current responsible drinking practices.
The study sample consisted of 608 14- to 17-year olds from the 2007 Australian National Drug Strategy Household Survey. The researchers collected information on the source of first alcoholic beverage (friends/parents/others), source of current alcohol, age of onset of alcohol use, current responsible drinking practices, and proportion of current friends who drink.
Binary logistic and multiple regression procedures revealed that parental provision of an adolescent’s first alcoholic beverage predicted lower current heavy episodic drinking, and responsible drinking mediated this association. The results suggested that for adolescents who become alcohol users, parental provision of the first drink may reduce subsequent alcohol-related risks compared to introduction to alcohol by friends and other sources.
Source: How Important Is the Context of an Adolescent’s First Alcoholic Drink? Evidence that Parental Provision May Reduce Later Heavy Episodic Drinking. Adrian Kelly et al. Eur Addict Res 2012;18:140-148