Children, who get to see their parents drinking alcohol, or already feeling its effects, are more likely to get drunk or choose to consume alcoholic beverages later in their childhood. This usually happens due to the parents’ inability to control their habitual needs in front of their children, as well as keeping them apprised when it comes to the damage done by alcohol. According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, superficial parental supervision is the main culprit in these particular cases.
The Ipsos MORI Survey revealed that the circle of friends in which an individual already received a social status has a lot to do with underage drinking. Those who spend more time with their friends instead of the family get to develop an affinity for vices, especially drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes.
A survey that was conducted on 5,700 children between 13 and 16 revealed that 1 in 5 children have been drunk until they were 14. By the age of 16, almost 50% of those who answered said that they have been drunk at least once.
Pamela Bremner, the one who wrote the report, believes that this study has made clear what is happening to the children in UK. She said:
For the first time in the UK, this study ranks what most influences young people’s drinking behavior. It found that the behaviour of friends and family is the most common influential factor in determining how likely and how often a young person will drink alcohol.
It is a known fact that those who are subjected to constant images of their parents drinking alcohol will develop a taste for it in the close future. It depends on the individual and the case itself, but the inappropriate behavior of the parent is in the detriment of the child, no matter what the actual vice consists of.
Teenagers are vulnerable to these influences, especially if they are prone to resemble the actions performed by their parents. The parents’ excessive drinking can become their child’s need for frequent consumption of alcoholic beverages. They imprint their offspring a general idea that drinking regularly is actually normal.