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If parents drink their kids are more likely to drive drunk

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It is well known that drunk driving is a critically serious problem among young drivers which results in scores of people
being crippled and killed on the roads daily. Plataforma SINC reported on Aug. 25, 2014 that the risk of young people driving drunk is increased if their parents drink. Researchers have found if parents drink alcohol it is more likely that their children will drive while under its influence.

This study was led by researchers of the University of Zaragoza in Spain where as elsewhere across the world there have been many warnings that drinking and driving are not compatible activities. However, in Spain, as elsewhere, a high percentage of accidents continue to occur because the driver has consumed alcohol. Experts have said the problem is even pronounced if the drivers are teenagers.

The researchers have observed that if parents consume alcohol it is more likely that their kids will end up driving under the influence. This shows that prevention is a primary responsibility of parents, because their behavior directly influences their children. The researchers concluded that information campaigns dealing with the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol really do work.

A study dealing with this problem has been published in Journal of Research on Adolescence. This study focused on determining whether family structure was associated with adolescent risk behaviors, which include smoking and drinking. It was found that adolescents in two biological married parent families were the least likely to smoke or drink.

Adolescents being raised in cohabiting stepfamilies were the most likely to abuse these substances. The bottom line is family structure is indicative of distinct family processes which are associated with risky behaviors among adolescents. Parents who really care about their kids will therefore make every effort to set a good example for them by not abusing substances.

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