6 october 2014

Alcohol Drinking and Pro-drinking Practices in Parents of Hong Kong Adolescents

AIMS: We investigated the prevalence of various parental pro-drinking practices and its association with parental drinking status.

METHODS: A school-based survey was completed by 2200 students (mean age 14.8, SD 2.0; boys 51.4%) from 4 randomly selected secondary schools in Hong Kong. Students reported whether they had ever experienced each of nine parental pro-drinking practices (PPDPs).

RESULTS: Overall, 67.5% of students reported at least one PPDP, but the prevalence was much higher if both parents were drinkers (89.0%) compared with non-drinkers (38.8%). The adjusted odds ratio (AOR) (95% CI) of experiencing at least one PPDP was 6.79 (4.98, 9.26) if either parent drank and 15.71 (10.50, 23.50) if both drank compared with none (P for trend <0.001). Compared with non-drinking, the AORs (95% CI) of experiencing at least one PPDP for occasional drinking and frequent drinking were 6.72 (5.03, 8.98) and 18.11 (9.88, 33.18) in fathers (P for trend <0.001), and 7.33 (5.15, 10.44) and 5.33 (1.98, 14.45) in mothers.

CONCLUSION: The prevalence of PPDPs was generally low in non-drinking parents, but increased dramatically with the number of drinking parents and the frequency of paternal drinking.

Additional Info

  • Authors

    Au W.M.; Ho S.Y.; Wang M.P.; Lo W.S.; Tin S.P.; Huang R.; Lam T.H.
  • Issue

    Alcohol Alcohol 49(6):668-74. doi: 10.1093/alcalc/agu063. Epub 2014 Oct 6.
  • Published Date

    6 october 2014