According to a new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota, teens that drink while "under their parents' supervision" are actually more likely to develop issues with alcohol dependency than kids with parents who would never allow such behavior.
The study, which was published in the Journal Of Studies On Alcohol And Drugs, compared seventh graders in America who weren't allowed to drink, with seventh graders in Australia, where this kind of adult-supervised drinking is more openly embraced.
By the ninth grade, 36% of the Australian teens had problems with binge drinking or other alcohol-related issues such as getting in fights and having blackouts, while only 21% of the American adolescents did.
The study says that the main issue is that parents are giving their children license to drink without teaching them how to monitor their alcohol consumption, which in turn leads them to overindulge in later years because they are not aware of when to stop drinking.
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