Don't Drink With Your Kids, Says Study

Filed under: Alcohol & Drugs, Family Time, Health

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13- to 15-year-olds in Australia who shared drinks with their parents developed alcohol problems later on. Credit: Paul Ellis, Getty Images

"Eat your vegetables, or no more beer for you."

This might be considered tough love in Australia, but researchers at the University of Washington say Australian parents aren't doing their kids any favors by raising a glass or two -- or three with them.

Researchers found 13- to 15-year-olds in Australia who shared drinks with their parents developed -- brace yourselves -- alcohol problems later on. Kids were less likely to turn into hopeless lushes if their parents denied them alcohol in their middle-school years.

Prof. Richard Catalano and his team of researchers looked at some 2,000 kids in Washington state and Victoria, Australia, over a three-year time frame, Seattle Weekly reports. More permissive Australian parents were compared with their more restrictive American counterparts.

Researchers concluded providing opportunities for drinking, even under parental supervision, didn't discourage alcohol abuse.

Such revelations, researchers said, "Lead us to suggest that policies should not encourage parents to drink with their children nor provide opportunities to supervise their use."

In other words, don't celebrate your child's middle school graduation by taking him out for a classic mother-son bender.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.