June 18, 2009 --
The federal government wants fathers across the country to spend time this weekend considering how their drinking behavior could be affecting their children. Government data shows 1 in 12 dads has an alcohol problem. And new research finds that children ages 12 to 17 are more likely to drink and do drugs if their father abuses alcohol.
Plus, teenagers living with these fathers have nearly twice as likely to drink at a young age.
These sobering numbers are provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Experts want both parents to realize how their behavior, even when it sets a good example, can impact their children's choices.