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Parents Drinking Restrictions During COVID-19

This study documented levels and predictors of U.S. parents who newly allowed adolescents to drink alcohol at home during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders in spring 2020. Participants were those in an ongoing longitudinal study with two adolescent siblings and one parent who provided self-reported data before the pandemic and during the shutdown. No parents in the study group permitted adolescent drinking with family before the pandemic; nearly one in six allowed it during the shutdown. Adolescents who previously drank (without permission) and had light- or heavy-drinking parents were more likely to be newly permitted to drink. 

This paper, “Parents Who First Allowed Adolescents to Drink Alcohol in a Family Context During Spring 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Shutdowns,” was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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