The World Health Organization recently called for a strong focus on adolescent health as an international priority, including the prevention of alcohol use and alcohol misuse. Whether parents should, or should not, supply alcohol remains a matter debated by media, parents, communities, healthcare professionals, and governments.
We will extend recent work (2010-2014) investigating the impacts of parental supply of alcohol at age 13 to age 16, on the extent of adolescent alcohol use. We will follow adolescents through to age 18 (2016). Utilizing our existing cohort of ~2,000 parent-child dyads (92% retained), this research will follow the dyads in 2015 and 2016. In relation to the development of age 18 alcohol misuse/disorders and other mental health outcomes (depression and delinquency). We specifically aim to investigate the impacts on adolescent drinking of:
• parental supply of alcohol (differentiating between sips and full beverages/standard drinks);
• parental supervised versus unsupervised parental supply;
• the modifying effects of different contexts of supply (family occasions, parties with peers, ad libitum access); and
• the relationship between parenting practices and parental supply of alcohol, controlling for observable confounders.