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Parents are often bad role models when it comes to alcohol consumption
Parents should be role models for their children. This also applies to dealing with alcohol. Current studies by DAK-Gesundheit show that parents who drink regularly also increase the risk of alcohol abuse among their children. According to the DAK, just under a third of mothers and fathers show a risky drinking behavior.
A third of the parents show risky drinking behavior
Whether or how much alcohol children and adolescents drink depends heavily on their parents' drinking behavior. This emerges from current studies of DAK health. A representative survey of parents by the health insurance company showed that two thirds of the parents surveyed assumed that they should be role models while drinking alcohol - but one third (32 percent) of the mothers and fathers themselves showed risky drinking behavior, the fathers even come up 39 percent.
A quarter of the parents (23 percent) have an alcohol intoxication at least once a month - a behavior that can have consequences for the offspring: "If the parents consume a lot of alcohol, their children also increase their risk of intoxication," says Professor Dr. Reiner Hanewinkel according to the DAK announcement.
Influence of parental behavior larger than expected
On behalf of the health insurance company, the Forsa Institute surveyed 1,000 mothers and fathers with children between the ages of 12 and 17 for the representative study of intoxication among adolescents. It was shown that 20 percent of boys and girls nationwide between the ages of 12 and 17 had already had an alcohol frenzy. In the 16- to 17-year-olds, one in ten had an intoxication several times. Getting alcohol is often not a problem for adolescents, because in most families (65 percent) the minors have easy access to beer, wine or schnapps, reports the DAK.
"Twelve-year-olds, whose parents regularly consume alcohol, are three times more likely to get intoxicated than children from families in which adults never drink alcohol," Hanewinkel continued. The head of the Institute for Therapy and Health Research (IFT-Nord) has researched the development of risky alcohol behavior in children and adolescents over a period of nine years as part of a nationwide long-term study. "Our investigation shows that the influence of parental behavior is stronger than previously assumed when drinking intoxication," emphasizes Hanewinkel.
Talk openly and be a role model
In view of the results of the study, the Federal Government's Drugs Commissioner, Marlene Mortler (CSU), appealed to the parents' important role model function when it comes to alcohol: “[…] It is good that parents are able to be more open with their children than they used to be to talk about alcohol. It is important, however, that they also act as role models. Preaching water and drinking wine is not possible, ”Mortler is quoted in the message.
In order to provide more information, DAK-Gesundheit, together with the federal drug commissioner and singer Grace Capristo, is starting the 8th round of the nationwide information campaign "colorful instead of blue", in which excessive alcohol consumption among young people is the topic. "The studies show how important it is to provide early information about the risks and dangers of alcohol abuse," said DAK CEO Andreas Storm. (No)