Adult supervision of adolescent alcohol use exacerbates problem

From today's PI -- UW Study: Teens don't need parents as 'drinking buddies'

The article summarizes a study, published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, that indicates that the teenage children of parents who adopt a “no-use” standard regarding underage drinking are less likely to abuse alcohol.  These finding run counter to to argument that parental supervision of adolescent alcohol use will reduce the development of adolescent alcohol problems.  In fact, one of the conclusions of the study is that "policies should not encourage parents to drink with their children nor provide opportunities to supervise their use.  Even after adolescents begin to drink, adult supervision of alcohol use appears to exacerbate continued drinking and harms associated with drinking."