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Explaining trends in adolescent alcohol use in the Netherlands, 1992-2015: the role of strict parental rule-setting

A newly published study based on Dutch HBSC data provides an overview of 23 years of history of drinking behaviours among adolescents in the Netherlands. The study, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, reveals that adolescent alcohol use increased between 1992 and 2003, and decreased spectacularly thereafter. Parents appear to have played a crucial role in the decline in adolescent alcohol use in the beginning of the 21st century by setting increasingly strict rules regarding the alcohol use of their children.

This is one of the first studies providing an explanation for the much debated and internationally observed decline in adolescent alcohol use in the early ‘00s. The authors suggest that the increase in strict parental rule-setting in the Netherlands illustrates a dramatic change in social norms around adolescent alcohol use. This change in social norms may have been encouraged by the implementation of national mass media campaigns and prevention programs in the same period. However, as that the trends identified in the Netherlands are consistent with trends in other European and North American nations, explanations for the trends are likely to include factors that are more internationally applicable as well. The authors call for future studies that systematically and internationally test links between trends in adolescent alcohol use, parenting behaviours, and societal developments.

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[17-11-2017 to 30-11-2018]


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