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Grapevine : July 2011
Alcoholism At Large Allowing adolescents to drink alcohol under adult supervision does not appear to teach respon- sible drinking as teens get older. In fact, such a "harm-minimization" approach may actually lead to more drinking and alcohol-related conse- quences, according to a new study. "Kids need parents to be parents and not drink- ing buddies," says the study's lead researcher, Barbara J. McMorris, Ph.D., of the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. Allowing adolescents to drink with adults present but not when unsupervised may send mixed signals. "Adults need to be clear about what messages they are sending." Source: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, May 2011 IMAGES FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSE ONLY e purpose of these pages is to o er information that may further read- ers' understanding of the medical, legal and social aspects of alcoholism; the severity and international scope of the illness; and the worldwide ef- forts being made to combat it. Publication here does not imply endorse- ment or a liation. AA does not conduct or participate in research, nor does it hold any opinion on research conducted by others. aagrapevine.org 61 "Kids need parents to be parents." Researchers link alcoholism and impulsivity In a new brain imaging study on alco- holism and impulse control, alcoholics scored high on measures of impulsiv- ity, were less able to delay gratifica- tion, and were less able to inhibit responses, according to Eric D. Claus, first author of the study. e study was designed to examine the ability to delay immediate gratifi- cation and instead choose rewards in the future. e study showed that alcohol- ism was associated with a greater tendency to discount future rewards suggesting that alcoholics may be more impulsive because their brains are aversive to delaying gratification, not because it is rewarding to be impulsive. Source: Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, July 2011 Adult-supervised drinking in young teens may lead to more alcohol use, consequences