Links Between Parent and Child : Drug and Alcohol Use

78631127Studies have shown that teens are more likely to use alcohol and drugs when their parents do. This isn’t just a biological connection; teens are also likely to mimic their parents’ behavior, including drug and alcohol use. The following information is from a survey performed by the National Center on Addition and Substance Abuse (CASA).

Parental Influence on Alcohol Usage

  • Teens are two and half times more likely to get drunk in an average month if they think their fathers are okay with it than if they don’t.
  • Just over half of 17-year-olds have seen one or both parents drunk.
  • Almost 35 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds have seen one or both parents drunk.
  • Five percent of girls age 12 to 15 years old and 9 percent of boys age 12 to 15 years old think their fathers are fine with their drinking.

Level of Alcohol Consumption

  • One-third of teens who drink have the intention of getting drunk.
  • Eighty-five percent of teens who drink to get drunk do get drunk at least once a month.
  • Eighty-five percent of drinkers who are 17 years old get drunk at least once per month.
  • Thirty-three percent of teens who drink without the intention of getting drunk do so regardless.

Prescription Drug Use

Almost one in five teens can get access to prescription drugs in less than one hour, according to responses from 12- to 15-year-olds. Teens admitted to being able to get prescription drugs from friends, family members and parents, as well as others within the home.

Statistics for Teens Who Get Drunk at Least Once a Month

  • just under 20 times more likely to try marijuana
  • four times more likely to have access to marijuana in less than an hour
  • about four times more likely to have a friend or acquaintance their age who misuses prescription drugs
  • over three times as likely to have friendships with marijuana users
  • over twice as likely to know someone in their age group who uses ecstasy, meth, heroin, cocaine or LSD
  • twice as likely to know someone who was forced to do something sexually that she wasn’t comfortable doing
  • almost four times as likely to know a male who uses drugs or alcohol as a way to engage in sexual activity

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