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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of parent respondents (n = 632)

From: A telephone survey of parental attitudes and behaviours regarding teenage drinking

  Parents of teens
(13-17 yrs)
(N = 234)
Parents of younger children
(<13 yrs)
(N = 398)
  Count % Count %
Gender of parent     
   Female (n = 339) 118 50.4 221 55.5
   Male (n = 293) 116 49.6 177 44.5
Age of Parent     
   Under 25 yrs (n = 24) 0 0.0 24 6.0
   25-34 yrs (n = 172) 20 8.5 152 38.2
   35-44 yrs (n = 267) 89 38.0 178 44.7
   45-54 yrs (n = 141) 103 44.0 38 9.5
   Over 54 yrs (n = 28) 22 9.4 6 1.5
Region     
   Dublin (n = 131) 56 23.9 75 18.8
   Rest of Leinster (n = 206) 68 29.1 138 34.7
   Munster (n = 171) 62 26.5 109 27.4
   Connaught/Ulster (n = 124) 48 20.5 76 19.1
SEGP^     
   AB (n = 88) 29 12.4 59 14.8
   C1 (n = 170) 54 23.1 116 29.1
   C2 (n = 185) 69 29.5 116 29.1
   DE (n = 135) 55 23.5 80 20.1
   F (n = 54) 27 11.5 27 6.8
Work Status     
   Not Working outside of home(n = 145) 52 22.2 93 23.4
   Working (n = 487) 182 77.8 305 76.6
Parents' drinking status*     
   Regular# (n = 123) 50 21.4 73 18.5
   Infrequent (n = 401) 149 63.7 252 64.0
   None (n = 104) 35 15.0 69 17.5
Parent offering their teenager an alcoholic drink     
   No (n = 209) 209 89.3 NA NA
   Yes (n = 25) 25 10.7 NA NA
Parent classification of binge drinking*     
   4-5 units (n = 91) 28 12.0 63 16.0
   6 units (n = 211) 77 32.9 134 34.0
   7-8 units (n = 209) 86 36.8 123 31.2
   8+ units (n = 62) 20 8.5 42 10.7
   Don't know (n = 55) 23 9.8 32 8.1
  1. ^ SEGP classification: AB: upper & middle class; C1: lower middle class; C2: skilled working class; DE: unskilled working class; F: farmers
  2. * There were four refusals/unknown responses.
  3. # Regular drinkers consumed alcohol at least twice per week. Infrequent drinkers consumed alcohol once per week or less frequently.