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Study shows parental rules against underage drinking work

Texas parents who want to discourage their teens from consuming alcohol may want to create some strict anti-drinking guidelines. A new study shows that setting specific rules that forbid drinking can reduce underage alcohol consumption.

For the study, which was presented at the American Sociological Association's yearly meeting in Seattle on Aug. 22, researchers surveyed more than 1,100 teens and young adults in 24 cities across the U.S. The participants reported their drinking and partying habits and if their parents had clear rules forbidding underage drinking.

Researchers found that teens from families with clear anti-drinking rules were a third less likely to have attended a party where alcohol was served. Of the teens who attended a party where alcohol was served, those whose parents established clear anti-drinking rules were 38 percent less likely to consume alcohol. Overall, 58 percent of the participants reported that their parents had specific rules forbidding drinking.

Experts say that teens who drink are more likely to engage in risky behavior, such as drinking and driving, violence and vandalism. Underage drinking has also been linked to binge drinking, which carries the risk of certain cancers and liver disease. Future studies may examine whether parents can be taught to have more effective anti-drinking rules for their children.

Texas teens facing alcohol or drug charges can face harsh penalties, including jail time, heavy fines and the loss of driving privileges. In some cases, they also risk the loss of educational and employment opportunities. Individuals arrested for impaired driving or drug possession could help their situation by contacting a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Source: Live Science, "Science-Proven Way to Reduce Teen Drinking," Laura Geggel, Aug. 24, 2016

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