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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Parents Providing Alcohol to Their Children

In most cases children who start drinking end up doing it around their home and are often provided the alcohol by their parents. A number of parents fail to see the dangers that come with alcohol, as well as the damaging effects that it can have on brain development. In most households if children and teenagers want to experiment with alcohol they generally siphon it from their parents' liquor cabinet or enlist the help of someone with a fake ID to buy them booze. Why any parent would contribute to their children's goals of intoxication is mind boggling, but, sadly there are more parents than you might think that do not see a problem with drinking. A new federal study found that there are 709,000 youngsters aged 12 to 14 in the United States that drink beer, liquor, and other alcoholic beverages.

Unbelievably, in the past month, over 200,000 kids were provided alcoholic beverages from a parent or other adult family member, according to a report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). "About 5.9 percent of 12- to 14-year-olds have used alcohol in the past month," said Peter Delany, director of SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. "That's a pretty large number." According to Delany, about 45 percent got alcohol from a parent or other family member or they stole from a liquor cabinet or a six pack in the fridge.

"And almost all of these kids got that alcohol for free," he said.

What would possess a parent to provide their children with alcohol is unclear, but, it is certainly dangerous and begging for early bouts of addiction. "Anecdotally, parents say, 'Well, at least they are drinking at home and not on the street, or at least they are not smoking marijuana' -- all kind of silly things," Delany said. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 5,000 youngsters and teens under the age of 21 die each year as a result of underage drinking, including deaths from falls, burns and drowning.

"If you drink alcohol before the age of 15 you are about five times more likely to experience a serious problem with alcohol or other drug use at or after the age of 21," he explained. "That's why so many prevention programs are trying to delay kids from using alcohol, because the older you are [when you start drinking], the more judgment you have, and the less likely you are to develop problems later in life."


  1. I was 14 when I started. I would go to a friends house and there parent would buy alcohol every weekend. The parent would buy me cigarettes, and it was OK with the fact of having sex at 14. My life changed enormously. High school was so post to be the best years of your life right? Well not for me, I was into drugs, sex and all of the above. Ive tried a variety of drugs that lead me to bad people and bad places. I am 18 years old now, knowing what the right thing to do. I get sick just the thought of looking back on the parent that was so post to be there for me and in the end all the blame is on me.

  2. my parents will buy me alcohol, but im also very responsible,and it has had no negative affect on me. It the user, not the suppliers fault if bad problems lie ahead in their future.This article is full of stereotypes about underage drinking.


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