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Association Between Parental Supply of Alcohol and Later Adolescent Alcohol Use in a Highly Permissive Context

Ksinan, AJ; Ksinan Jiskrova, G; Hrežová, E; Andrýsková, L; Pikhart, H; Bobák, M; (2023) Association Between Parental Supply of Alcohol and Later Adolescent Alcohol Use in a Highly Permissive Context. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs , 84 (1) pp. 27-36. 10.15288/jsad.21-00437. Green open access

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Many children and adolescents get their first experience with alcohol in a family setting. Evidence suggests that parental supply of alcohol is a risk factor for drinking later in life. However, most of the previous studies have been conducted in Western countries. The Czech Republic has among the highest alcohol consumption per capita, including among adolescents, and providing their own children with sips of alcohol is widely considered by parents to be a good way to introduce children to safe drinking. This study examined whether the parental supply of alcohol is associated with later use among adolescents in an Eastern European alcohol-permissive context. METHOD: The sample included children (49% female) assessed at age 11 (n = 2,202) and age 15 (n = 1,279) from the European Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ELSPAC). The outcome was adolescent alcohol use at age 15, reported by adolescents and pediatricians. Predictors included different sources of alcohol (parents, family member, friend, own supply, or other sources) reported by adolescent at age 11. RESULTS: Parental supply of alcohol consistently emerged as a robust longitudinal predictor of adolescent alcohol use, with adjusted odds ratios of self-reported and pediatrician-reported frequent drinking at age 15 of 2.34 [1.19, 4.44] and 2.37 [1.02, 5.47], respectively. It also mediated the association between parental drinking and adolescent alcohol use. CONCLUSIONS: Parental supply of alcohol is an important risk factor for later adolescent alcohol use in the high alcohol-permissive population of the Czech Republic, suggesting that the association might not be context dependent.

Type: Article
Title: Association Between Parental Supply of Alcohol and Later Adolescent Alcohol Use in a Highly Permissive Context
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15288/jsad.21-00437
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.15288/jsad.21-00437
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: adolescence; parental supply of alcohol; alcohol use; longitudinal analysis; Czech; multinomial
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10168527
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