25th May 2017

Studies and research: alcoholism is transmitted from parents to children

A German study has reported that parents are a model for their children's alcoholism. This is true, especially in regard to bad habits.

Approximately one-third of parents (32%) included in the survey conducted by the German Disease Insurance Commission showed an excessive tendency to consume alcohol. One-quarter of parents in the survey sample abuse alcoholic beverages at least once a month.

According to the data, these bad habits reinforce the risk of the child's adherence to a similar pattern of alcohol consumption, which means that the increase in alcohol consumption among parents also raises the probability of developing a similar behavior in children. 20% of boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 17 questioned in the survey have already drunk alcoholic beverages. Rainer Hanfinkel, a health researcher, said that 12-year-old children whose parents regularly drink alcohol are three times more likely to become alcoholics than children whose families do not drink alcohol .

Adolescents and drugs

A previous American study found that adolescents whose parents are alcoholics or who drink alcohol regularly are more likely than others to use alcohol or drugs.

The study by the American Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also noted that one in five adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 whose parents did not consume alcohol in the past year have been drinking alcohol during the same period.

The study found that this percentage is one-third among teens whose parents regularly used alcohol and about 40% of those whose parents are addicted to alcohol. It also indicated that there is a tendency among teens to drink until they get drunk or drink alcohol regularly when the father is an alcoholic. As for the use of drugs by adolescents, the rate also increases with the degree of addiction of the father on alcohol.

Results of the study also found that 14% of adolescents whose parents did not consume alcohol used drugs in the previous year, compared with 18.4% for those whose parents regularly drink alcohol, and 24.2% for those whose parents are addicted to alcohol.

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