Covid-19 and alcohol: parental drinking influences the next generationBMJ 2020; 369 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2525 (Published 25 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2525
- Aric Sigman, child health education lecturer
- Office 444, Brighton BN1 2NW, UK
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 …