alcohol bottlesParents can play a key part in preventing their teenage children from abusing alcohol, a study has suggested.

Researchers at Deakin University in Australia carried out a two-year programme, Resilient Families, which was designed to help parents educate their children about excessive drinking. They were given information on alcohol's harmful effects during adolescence and were advised not to supply alcohol or allow their teens access to it.

The 12 schools who took part saw a 25 per cent reduction in binge drinking rates among those aged 14, compared to 12 schools who did not.
Professor John Toumbourou, who led the study, concluded that the reductions were related to parents in the intervention schools setting firmer rules discouraging under-age alcohol use.

The results have been published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.