Parenting style impacts child's drinking habits later in life

June 24, 2010 1:59:32 PM PDT
Your parenting style may have a lot to do with whether your child develops a heavy drinking habit.

A new study in the journal of Alcohol and Drugs finds loving and watchful parents who want to know where their teen is spending time, and with whom, are less likely to have teens that engage in heavy drinking.

By contrast, more indulgent parents, less focused on accountability, have teens who face a three times greater risk for heavy drinking.

Strict parents have double the chance their teen will drink heavily.