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Letters Covid-19 and alcohol

Covid-19 and alcohol: parental drinking influences the next generation

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 25 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2525
  1. Aric Sigman, child health education lecturer
  1. Office 444, Brighton BN1 2NW, UK
  1. aric{at}

Finlay and Gilmore rightly draw attention to two vulnerable groups of drinkers in the covid-19 lockdown.1 In addition, and of central importance, is that regardless of whether parents drink more alcohol in covid-19 lockdown, their children are far more likely to see them drink simply because they are all at home. And this is happening at a time when substantial evidence indicates the intergenerational transmission of alcohol habits and alcohol misuse through parental role modelling.

Children’s beliefs regarding positive or negative effects of alcohol …

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