Children whose parents get drunk are twice as likely to get drunk themselves, a report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found.
The research - based on a survey of 5,700 children aged 13 to 16 and carried out by Ipsos MORI - found that poor parental supervision and behaviour of friends were strong factors in the drinking habits of young people.
The survey discovered that by the age of 16, half of those questioned said they had been drunk. Yet the researchers discovered the odds of teens getting drunk doubled if they spent two nights a week with friends - while it quadrupled if they spent every evening with friends.
Pamela Bremner, lead author of the report from Ipsos MORI, said: "For the first time in the UK, this study ranks what most influences young people's drinking behaviour.
"It found that the behaviour of friends and family is the most common influential factor in determining how likely and how often a young person will drink alcohol."
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