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Should parents curb drinking for their kids’ sakes?




A glass of wine.
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Have you been using your mini bar lately? Parents beware: you may want to think twice about drinking in front of your teenage kids. According to a new British study, teens who see their parents drunk are twice as likely to develop drinking habits. Half of the 5,500 British teens who were asked about their use of alcohol and motivation to drink said they had been drunk by the age of 16. (The legal drinking age in the UK is 18.) In addition to seeing parents drink, peer pressure has a significant influence on kids and their relationship with alcohol. The likelihood of a teenager drinking to excess more than doubles if he or she spends two evenings a week hanging out with friends. Do you drink in front of your children? Have they seen you drunk? How do you talk to your children about the risks of heavy drinking?