Overall, parents are the most common source of alcohol for young people. They may also influence when a young people has their first sip.
Supply of alcohol from parents is not risk-free. It is related to heavier drinking and harm, when compared to young people who cannot access alcohol from their parents.
Most adolescent drinking occurs in the home setting; either at the person's own home or at someone else's.
Parents play an important role in delaying alcohol use and supervising any consumption.
There are a range of reasons why parents give alcohol, or do not give alcohol, to young people. Most parents are concerned about immediate risks, rather than the long-term consequences.