WEDNESDAY, January 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) – Older teens know that parents who refuse to accept alcohol are less likely to drive impaired when they are young, a new study shows.
"As children get older, we tend to stay away from them. We think: 'They've got this'. But if kids think we accept or disagree with them, that could have a powerful effect, "said Dr. Federico Vaca, director of the Yale Center for Developmental Research in Driving Simulation in New Haven, Conn.
The new study included nearly 2,800 American teenagers who were followed for seven years.
By grade 12, 42% said they had drunk alcohol in the past month and 25% had at least one drunk. Binge drinking is defined as four or more drinks in two hours for women and five or more for men.
Compared to those who were not in the 12th grade, those who drove were reduced six times two years later and their driving ability decreased four years later.
According to the study, drunk teens in 12th grade were also more likely to drive with a driver with a disability, a power-related power outage, and a passion for extreme games in the following years. Extreme stress – 15 or more drinks on a single occasion – is a growing concern.
However, research also shows that parents may reduce adolescent's risk of future driving.
If teens in 12th grade know that their parents …