In this thread on Parenting Stack Exchange, a comment was made:

it turned out that 'drinking with parents in moderation' increased the chances for alcoholism in later life.

Is there any basis to this claim?

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    Regarding notability: here's a respected Belgian newspaper claiming that "Teenagers that get offered alcohol by their parents binge drink significantly more often" standaard.be/cnt/dmf20180125_03321791
    – DonFusili
    Mar 14, 2018 at 9:33
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    And here's the study that article (and echoes accross the Belgian landscape) was based on: thelancet.com/journals/lanpub/article/PIIS2468-2667(17)30240-2/… . I haven't got the time to read it through, though, so it might help someone write an answer.
    – DonFusili
    Mar 14, 2018 at 9:35
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    Note that the study that @DonFusili linked to seems to be correlational/associational so it doesn't necessarily indicate causation. Mar 14, 2018 at 13:57
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    @sumelic Agreed, I only gave the study because it's the one the newspapers cited, which in turn were given because I think they showed the notability of the comment. I don't have beef with either outcome to the question, just saw it pop up and remembered reading something similar a while back.
    – DonFusili
    Mar 14, 2018 at 14:01
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    Also the study that @DonFusili linked defines binge drinking as more then 4 standard drinks on any occasion during a 1 year period. Also the same study said that: Parental supply of alcohol was not significantly associated with the odds of reporting symptoms of either alcohol abuse or dependence, compared with no supply from any source.
    – Lyrion
    Mar 19, 2018 at 12:41


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