The University of Washington's Social Development Research Group recently released a Research Brief: Adult-Supervised Drinking with Young Teens May Lead to More Unsupervised Alcohol Use and Harmful Consequences. The key findings discussed in the brief include:
-- By 9th grade, teens who drank occasionally with an adult present were more likely to drink without adult supervision.
-- Teens who drank under adult supervision in 8th grade reported experiencing more harmful consequences of alcohol use, such as not being able to stop drinking, getting into fights, or having blackouts in 9th grade.
This study suggests that parents take a "zero tolerance" stance when it comes to underage drinking.