Parental alcohol consumption and its relationship with adolescent alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Benito Israel Jiménez-Padilla
Paola Lizeth Flores-Garza
María Magdalena Alonso Castillo
Karla Selene López-García


Introduction: alcohol consumption in adolescents is considered a worldwide problem that has increased in recent years. This consumption may be associated to different factors, among them the consumption by their parents at home, mainly caused because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Objective: to know the prevalence of alcohol consumption in adolescents and the relationship that parental alcohol consumption has on the consumption of adolescents.

Method: descriptive-correlational design. The sample was obtained online and consisted of 119 high school adolescents with an X̄ = 15.64 (SD = .89) years.

Results: 62.2% of adolescents have consumed alcohol at some point in their life, 47.1% in the last year, 30.3% in the last month, 11.8% have consumed it within the last week and 20.2% have presented excessive consumption (binge drinking). The model for consumption at some time in their life was significant (χ2 = 30.24, <  .001), where the variables significantly associated (<  .05) with the risk of alcohol consumption were age, sex and binge drinking by parents, which explains a variance of 22.4%. Consumption patterns during the pandemic were not significant.

Discussion and conclusions: adolescents present high prevalence of alcohol consumption. Age, sex, and excessive alcohol consumption by parents are associated with higher risk of alcohol consumption in adolescents, however, no evidence was found regarding the relationship between parental alcohol consumption and alcohol consumption of adolescents during the pandemic.

adolescents ,  alcohol consumption ,  parents
Published: Aug 22, 2022

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Jiménez-Padilla BI, Flores-Garza PL, Alonso Castillo MM, López-García KS. Parental alcohol consumption and its relationship with adolescent alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic. RIIAD [Internet]. 2022 Aug. 22 [cited 2024 Feb. 20];8(2):25-31. Available from:
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Paola Lizeth Flores-Garza, Facultad de Enfermería y Nutriología, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua.

Maestría en Ciencias de la Enfermería