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Title: Levels of Parental Drinking in the Presence of Children: An Exploration of Attitudinal Correlates.
Austin Authors: Bowden, Jacqueline A;Delfabbro, Paul;Room, Robin;Miller, Caroline L;Wilson, Carlene J 
Affiliation: University of Adelaide, School of Public Health, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, Stockholm University, Stockholm SE-106 91, Sweden
College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia 5042, Australia
School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Melbourne 3083, Victoria
University of Adelaide, School of Psychology, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Health Policy Centre, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Melbourne, Victoria 3086, Australia
Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre
Issue Date: 2022
Date: 2021-11-04
Publication information: Alcohol and Alcoholism (Oxford, Oxfordshire) 2022; 57(4): 460-469
Abstract: This study aimed to examine perceived social norms, the effect of parental drinking on these norms, alcohol use in front of children, and how norms and consumption vary based on child age and gender of the parent. A cross-sectional online panel survey was undertaken with n = 1000 Australian adults (including 670 parents) aged 18-59 years. The survey assessed: alcohol consumption in front of children; normative attitudes towards drinking in the presence of children; and perceived social norms. Overall, 33.9% of parents reported drinking a glass of alcohol each day or a couple of times a week, 18.2% reported getting slightly drunk and 7.8% indicated getting visibly drunk each day or a couple of times a week with their children present. In total, 37.5% reported drinking in front of their children at least weekly. Fathers were more likely to drink in front of children than mothers. Most parents deemed drinking small amounts of alcohol in front of children as acceptable but did not accept drunkenness. Respondents were less concerned about a father drinking one or two drinks in front of their children than a mother. Social expectations were not related to child age, but norms related to others' perceived behaviour were. Many parents, particularly fathers consume alcohol in front of their children. There is a need to target health promotion strategies to adults and parents consuming in excess of health guidelines, and to the many parents who are consuming alcohol at higher levels in front of their children.
DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agab071
ORCID: 0000-0003-1983-8930
Journal: Alcohol and Alcoholism
PubMed URL: 34734231
Type: Journal Article
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