Isn't it better if my child gets alcohol from me rather than someone else?
Some parents provide their teenagers with alcohol thinking that it will control the amount they drink. There is little evidence to support this belief. In many cases, young people may drink what their parents give them, plus more.
Ease of access to alcohol is a very important factor in influencing young people’s drinking. If alcohol is easy to get, people drink more. When parents provide alcohol to their children, they make it very easy for young people to access it.
It is important to be aware of the spoken and unspoken messages about alcohol that adults send to young people. Providing alcohol to adolescents can convey approval of underage drinking and sends the message that it’s ok for young people to drink alcohol.
Research shows that giving your teens alcohol, although done with good intentions, may in fact be more harmful - children whose parents gave them alcohol in early adolescence were three times more likely to be drinking full serves of alcohol by the time they were 16 years old than children in families who did not supply alcohol.
Adolescents who reported repeated drinking at home with their parents were more likely to report risky drinking in later adolescence than those who did not drink alcohol.