Can parents teach their children to drink alcohol responsibly? Or, is one drop a drop too many?

  • Research program: Prevention and early intervention
  • Project status: Current
  • Start date: September 2010
  • Expected end date: December 2019
  • Completion date:
  • Funded by: ARC Discovery Grant
  • Lead organisation: NDARC, UNSW

Parents can positively influence their children's alcohol use. One strategy they use is to provide their children with alcohol, believing it is the best way to teach their children how to drink responsibly. The impact of parental supply is not well understood and may be unintentionally harmful. This study will research the consequences of parental supply within the broader context of parent, child and peer relationships. It will help to determine how parental supply influences the different patterns of adolescent alcohol consumption over time, providing essential information to help parents prevent alcohol misuse in their children. Parents can play a pivotal role in prevention of alcohol misuse, but at present we don't know exactly how.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
  • Chief Investigator: Richard Mattick, University of New South Wales
  • Chief Investigator: Timothy Slade, University of New South Wales
  • Chief Investigator: Delyse Hutchinson, University of New South Wales
  • Chief Investigator: Delphine Bostock Matusko, University of New South Wales
  • Chief Investigator: Megan Sety, University of New South Wales
  • Chief Investigator: Monika Wadolowski, University of New South Wales
  • Co-investigator: Jake Najman, University of Queensland
  • Co-investigator: Kypros Kypri, University of Newcastle
  • Co-investigator: Laura Vogl, University of New South Wales

Sharmin, S., Kypri, K., Wadolowski, M., Khanam, M., Aiken, A., Hutchinson, D., Najman, J., M., Slade, T., McBride, N. and Attia, J. Parent characteristics associated with approval of their children drinking alcohol from ages 13 to 16 years: Prospective cohort study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health. [In Press] [RJ1429]

Aiken, A., Clare, P., Wadolowski, M., Hutchinson, D., Najman, J., M., Slade, T., Bruno, R., McBride, N., Kypri, K. and Mattick, R. (2018). Age of alcohol initiation and progression to binge drinking in adolescence: A prospective cohort study. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 42, (1), pp. 100-110. DOI: 10.1111/acer.13525 [RJ1083] View web page

Mattick, R., Clare, P., Aiken, A., Wadolowski, M., Hutchinson, D., Najman, J., M., Slade, T., Bruno, R., McBride, N., Kypri, K., Vogl, L. and Degenhardt, L. (2018). Association of parental supply of alcohol with adolescent drinking, alcohol-related harms, and alcohol use disorder symptoms: A prospective cohort study. Lancet Public Health, 3, (2), pp. e64-e71. DOI: 10.1016/S2468-2667(17)30240-2 [RJ1394] View web page

Mattick, R., Wadolowski, M., Aiken, A., Clare, P., Hutchinson, D., Najman, J., M., Slade, T., Bruno, R., McBride, N., Degenhardt, L. and Kypri, K. (2017). Parental supply of alcohol and alcohol consumption in adolescence: prospective cohort study. Psychological Medicine, 47, (2), pp. 267-278. DOI: 10.1017/S0033291716002373 [RJ1247] View web page

Mewton, L., Kessler, R., Slade, T., Hobbs, M., Brownhill, L., Birrell, L., Tonks, Z., Teesson, M., Newton, N., Chapman, C., Allsop, S., Hides, L., McBride, N. and Andrews, G. (2016). The psychometric properties of the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K6) in a general population sample of adolescents. Psychological Assessment, 28, (10), pp. 1232-1242. DOI: 10.1037/pas0000239 [RJ1025] View web page

Wadolowski, M., Hutchinson, D., Bruno, R., Aiken, A., Najman, J., M., Kypri, K., Slade, T., McBride, N. and Mattick, R. (2016). Parents who supply sips of alcohol in early adolescence: A prospective study of risk factors. Pediatrics, 137, (3), pp. 1-8. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-2611 [RJ1164] View web page

Aiken, A., Wadolowski, M., Bruno, R., Najman, J., M., Kypri, K., Slade, T., Hutchinson, D., McBride, N. and Mattick, R. (2015). Cohort profile: The Australian Parental Supply of Alcohol Longitudinal Study (APSALS). International Journal of Epidemiology. DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyv051 [RJ983] View web page

Wadolowski, M., Bruno, R., Aiken, A., Stone, C., Najman, J., M., Kypri, K., Slade, T., Hutchinson, D., McBride, N. and Mattick, R. (2015). Sipping, drinking, and early adolescent alcohol consumption: A cautionary note. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39, (2), pp. 350-354. DOI: 10.1111/acer.12613 [RJ1084] View web page

Wadolowski, M., Hutchinson, D., Bruno, R., Aiken, A., Clare, P., Slade, T., Najman, J., M., Kypri, K., McBride, N. and Mattick, R. (2015). Early adolescent alcohol use: Are sipping and drinking distinct? Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39, (9), pp. 1805–1813. DOI: 10.1111/acer.12826 [RJ1046] View web page