Teen girls influenced by fathers' heavy drinking

Teen girls influenced by fathers' heavy drinking

Media Release — 19 February 2019

Findings from the longitudinal Study of Australian Children show that when a father engages in regular heavy drinking (defined as more than five drinks more than twice a month) when his daughter is aged 12-13, it has a strong bearing on the likelihood she will try alcohol by age 14-15.

The effect is much more pronounced for girls than it is for boys. 

Overall, about one in six teenagers has tried alcohol by the age of 14 to 15, with no difference between boys and girls.

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