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: Completed
  • Start date: September 2010
  • Expected end date: December 2019
  • Completion date: January 2019
  • Funded by: ARC Discovery Grant
  • Lead organisation: University of New South Wales

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.

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Associate Professor Nyanda McBride
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Prevention and early intervention


  • Chief Investigator: Richard Mattick, University of New South Wales
  • Chief Investigator: Timothy Slade, University of Sydney
  • 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

This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:

Slade, T., Mewton, L., O'Dean, S., Tibbetts, J., Clay, P., Isik, A., Johnson, P., McCraw, S., Upton, E., Kypri, K., Butterworth, P., McBride, N. and Swift, W. (2021). DSM-5 and ICD-11 alcohol use disorder criteria in young adult regular drinkers: Lifetime prevalence and age of onset. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 229. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.109184 [RJ1827] View web page

Mewton, L., Kessler, R., Slade, T., Hobbs, M., Brownhill, L., Birrell, L., Tonks, Z., Teesson, M., Newton, N., C., 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