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Drinking by parents, siblings, and friends as predictors of regular alcohol use in adolescents and young adults: a longitudinal twin-family study.
Alcohol Alcohol. 2007 Jul-Aug; 42(4):362-9.AA

Abstract

AIMS

The aim of this study was to examine whether the drinking habits of parents, siblings, and friends were related to regular drinking in adolescents and young adults, cross-sectionally as well as longitudinally.

METHODS

Data of 12-30-year-old twins from the Netherlands Twin Register were analysed. Information on regular drinking was collected in 1993, 1995, and 2000. Logistic regression analyses were conducted on cross-sectional data of 1993 (N=3760), short-term longitudinal data of 1993-95 (N=2919), and the long-term longitudinal data of 1993-2000 (N=1779).

RESULTS

Results show that age, sex, and one's own previous drinking habits were important predictors of later-life regular drinking. Drinking habits of parents showed small but persistent positive associations. Alcohol use of the co-twin was strongly related to alcohol use of the participants, especially in the cross-sectional analyses, while alcohol use of additional siblings other than the co-twin was relatively unimportant. Cross-sectionally, friends' alcohol use showed a high association with regular drinking, but this association decreased over time.

CONCLUSION

Cross-sectional analyses showed that a substantial part (29%) of the variance in regular drinking habits of adolescents and young adults was explained by the drinking habits of family members and friends, in particular, by drinking of co-twins and friends. But, over time, drinking by family members and friends could only explain a relatively small part (4-5%) of the variance in adolescents' and young adults' alcohol use.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. e.poelen@pwo.ru.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Twin Study

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17537828

Citation

Poelen, Evelien A P., et al. "Drinking By Parents, Siblings, and Friends as Predictors of Regular Alcohol Use in Adolescents and Young Adults: a Longitudinal Twin-family Study." Alcohol and Alcoholism (Oxford, Oxfordshire), vol. 42, no. 4, 2007, pp. 362-9.
Poelen EA, Scholte RH, Willemsen G, et al. Drinking by parents, siblings, and friends as predictors of regular alcohol use in adolescents and young adults: a longitudinal twin-family study. Alcohol Alcohol. 2007;42(4):362-9.
Poelen, E. A., Scholte, R. H., Willemsen, G., Boomsma, D. I., & Engels, R. C. (2007). Drinking by parents, siblings, and friends as predictors of regular alcohol use in adolescents and young adults: a longitudinal twin-family study. Alcohol and Alcoholism (Oxford, Oxfordshire), 42(4), 362-9.
Poelen EA, et al. Drinking By Parents, Siblings, and Friends as Predictors of Regular Alcohol Use in Adolescents and Young Adults: a Longitudinal Twin-family Study. Alcohol Alcohol. 2007 Jul-Aug;42(4):362-9. PubMed PMID: 17537828.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Drinking by parents, siblings, and friends as predictors of regular alcohol use in adolescents and young adults: a longitudinal twin-family study. AU - Poelen,Evelien A P, AU - Scholte,Ron H J, AU - Willemsen,Gonneke, AU - Boomsma,Dorret I, AU - Engels,Rutger C M E, Y1 - 2007/05/30/ PY - 2007/6/1/pubmed PY - 2008/1/17/medline PY - 2007/6/1/entrez SP - 362 EP - 9 JF - Alcohol and alcoholism (Oxford, Oxfordshire) JO - Alcohol Alcohol VL - 42 IS - 4 N2 - AIMS: The aim of this study was to examine whether the drinking habits of parents, siblings, and friends were related to regular drinking in adolescents and young adults, cross-sectionally as well as longitudinally. METHODS: Data of 12-30-year-old twins from the Netherlands Twin Register were analysed. Information on regular drinking was collected in 1993, 1995, and 2000. Logistic regression analyses were conducted on cross-sectional data of 1993 (N=3760), short-term longitudinal data of 1993-95 (N=2919), and the long-term longitudinal data of 1993-2000 (N=1779). RESULTS: Results show that age, sex, and one's own previous drinking habits were important predictors of later-life regular drinking. Drinking habits of parents showed small but persistent positive associations. Alcohol use of the co-twin was strongly related to alcohol use of the participants, especially in the cross-sectional analyses, while alcohol use of additional siblings other than the co-twin was relatively unimportant. Cross-sectionally, friends' alcohol use showed a high association with regular drinking, but this association decreased over time. CONCLUSION: Cross-sectional analyses showed that a substantial part (29%) of the variance in regular drinking habits of adolescents and young adults was explained by the drinking habits of family members and friends, in particular, by drinking of co-twins and friends. But, over time, drinking by family members and friends could only explain a relatively small part (4-5%) of the variance in adolescents' and young adults' alcohol use. SN - 0735-0414 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17537828/Drinking_by_parents_siblings_and_friends_as_predictors_of_regular_alcohol_use_in_adolescents_and_young_adults:_a_longitudinal_twin_family_study_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/alcalc/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/alcalc/agm042 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -