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Teenagers who abuse their romantic partners could have alcoholic parents to blame — here's why

Children are more in tune to their parents' drinking habits than we might think. Research has shown they might notice changes in mum or dad's behaviour, even if they've only had one glass of wine.

According to a new study, having parents who have an alcohol use disorder can even increase the risk that children will be violent towards their own partners as teenagers — and signs of this violent behaviour can even be recognised as early as infancy.

The research, published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, looked at the behaviour of 144 teenagers who had fathers with alcoholism. They were followed from the age of 12 months, and data was collected regularly throughout their lives.


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