Research carried out by UK thinktank Demos has made a significant link between parenting style and children’s attitude to alcohol. The report called “Under the Influence” was based on a study involving 15’000 children and found that :
* Bad parenting at age 10 makes the child twice as likely to drink excessively at age 34
* Bad parenting at age 16 makes the child over eight times more likely to drink excessively at that age (16)
* Bad parenting at age 16 makes the child over twice as likely to drink excessively at age 34
The report recommended that “tough love” was the best solution in the long term. This involves a parent/guardian demonstrating a combination of love, warmth and attachment in early years followed by strict discipline in teenage years. This approach was found by the study to be the most effective in producing a healthy attitude to alcohol.