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Fathers? Alcohol Use and Substance Use among Adolescents

Ahead of Father’s Day this weekend the US government have published findings which link father’s drinking habbits to their children’s substance use.

They argue:

Alcohol use among fathers, even at levels not sufficient to warrant a diagnosis of an alcohol use disorder, is associated with several substance use behaviors and disorders among the adolescent children who live with them. These findings highlight the continuing need to educate fathers, mothers, and family support systems professionals about the potential impact of paternal alcohol use on adolescent substance use. In addition, these findings suggest the importance of providing treatment for fathers with alcohol use disorders and family support services for children of these fathers.

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