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College Students in Touch With Their Parents Drink Less

Research suggests that, even in college, parents influence the alcohol consumption of their children. This research was conducted to test whether face-to-face interactions with parents buffer students against social influences on drinking. In the current study, 1168 undergraduate students selected five people they contact regularly and then completed a 30-day daily diary reporting on interactions with those people and drinking behavior. College students who meet a parent regularly consumed less alcohol over 30 days and had a lower percentage of drinking days. Additionally, meeting with a parent reduced social influences on alcohol consumption.
This paper, “Meet the parents: Parental interactions, social influences, and college drinking,” was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). It was published in the journal Addictive Behaviors.
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