Report shows many underage kids get alcohol from parents, friends’ parents
One in four Pennsylvania kids who drink underage get the alcohol from their parents, according to a report released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
One in five got the alcohol from a friend’s parent, the report said.
The biennial Report on Underage and High-Risk Drinking details current trends and rates of consumption for underage kids and college students. It surveys students in sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th grades and outlines education and prevention initiatives to address alcohol-related issues.
Armstrong at 56%, Elk at 54% and Lawrence at 52% were the counties with the highest percentage of reported use of alcohol by students. Counties with the lowest percentage of students who reported drinking underage were Snyder at 32%, Lancaster at 35% and Dauphin at 36%.
Other finds in the report show:
• Pennsylvania reported more than a 10% reduction in the number of crashes involving a drinking driver between 16 and 20 years old from the 2015 to 2017.
• More than 80% of Pennsylvania students think their parents would disapprove of them using alcohol.
• Students whose families have clear rules about the use of alcohol drank 40% less than students whose families do not have clear rules on alcohol use.
“What’s clear from the statistics is that parents’ attitudes towards alcohol have a significant impact on children’s decisions to try or not try alcohol,” said PLCB Chairman Tim Holden in a press release.
The full report can be found on the PLCB’s website under 2019 Report on Underage and High-Risk Drinking.