The Age (Aust) November 8, 2010
CHILDREN supplied with alcohol by people other than their parents are up to six times more likely to binge drink, a study has found. The Australian Drug Foundation is expected to release today some of the findings of a Deakin University study that questioned nearly 4000 children aged between 10 and 14 on under-age drinking. Foundation chief executive John Rogerson said only Queensland and Tasmania had laws penalising the supply of alcohol to people aged under 18 without parental consent. Among the study’s key findings were that children who obtained alcohol from people other than parents are up to six times more likely to binge drink. It was also found that adolescents reporting the presence of family conflict were more likely to obtain alcohol from a person other than a parent. The more friends a child has who drink alcohol, the more likely that child is to obtain alcohol from people other than a parent, the study said.