A1 Journal article – refereed

Alcohol use in families: a 15-year prospective follow-up study

List of Authors: Sami Seljamo, Minna Aromaa, Leena Koivusilta, Päivi Rautava, Andre Sourander, Hans Helenius, Matti Sillanpää


Publication year: 2006

Journal: Addiction

Journal name in source: ADDICTION

Journal acronym: ADDICTION

Volume number: 101

Issue number: 7

Number of pages: 9

ISSN: 0965-2140

eISSN: 1360-0443

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1360-0443.2006.01443.x

Aims To study the prevalence of adolescents' problematic alcohol use and its parental predictors: drinking habits and socio-demographic factors. Design, setting, participants and measurements Questionnaires were sent regularly to the same Finnish families (n = 1132) from the onset of pregnancy (in 1986-87) to the child's age of 15 years (in 2001-02) (n = 1028). There was a total of three follow-up points. Findings At 15 years of age, 83% of girls and 79% of boys had used alcohol; 18% of boys and 14% of girls had been drunk more than once a month. The child's permanent separation from at least one biological parent was the strongest socio-demographic predictor of adolescents drinking. Fathers' present heavy drinking and parental early drinking were the best predictors of their children's problematic alcohol use at the age of 15. Conclusions Knowledge of fathers' alcohol use and its time of onset may be used to determine children who are at added risk of problematic alcohol use later in life. Special guidance, support and treatment can be targeted to these families.

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