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Do parents play different roles in drinking behaviours of male and female adolescents? A longitudinal follow-up study
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    Do parents play different roles in drinking behaviours of male and female adolescents? A longitudinal follow-up study

    Dear Editor,
    I am commenting on the article “Do parents play different roles in drinking behaviours of male and female adolescents? A longitudinal follow-up study” written by Chao-Chia Hung,Hsing-Yi Chang, Dih-Ling Luh, Chi-Chen and Wu Lee-Lan Yen published on March 20, 2015. The article investigated how parental drinking was influencing the substance misuse of adolescents. The study highlighted multiple factors that will influence adolescents to get involve in substance misuse such as, negative peer pressure, family environment etc. While researchers are unclear as to which parent alcohol consumption habit have greater impact on their children, the data presented emphasize that whether single parent or both parents are consuming alcohol it will have telling impact on their children who are looking on.
    I agree with the authors when they mention that alcohol consumption starts at earlier age in males than in females and drinking frequency is higher among males tan females. Within the Jamaican context, research suggested that alcohol use reflected by the youngest age of initiation, which is at age 12, (Atkinson, Abel & Whitehorne-Smith, 2015; The Gleaner, 2018). The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) in Jamaica stated that research indicated that adults who abuse substance are more likely to abuse children, and conversely, children who have been abused are more likely to turn to drugs as a means of escape, (The Gleaner, 2012).
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    Reply to : BMJ Open 2015 5:e007179; doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007179
    • Dr Maryam S Khan, ST6 , trainee Psychiatrist
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      • Dr Rahul V Chandavarkar

    Thank you for a well presented article. We would like to highlight a few aspects that we found in the literature related to the subject and subsequently would like to convey our opinions. Alcoholism and other addictions have genetic and environmental causes. Both have serious consequences for children who live in homes where parents are involved. Children of addicted parents are the highest risk group of children to beco...

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