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Table 3 Factors associated with parents of teenagers disagreeing with the statement that "It's a good idea to introduce teenagers under 18 to alcohol in the home"*

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

  Odds Ratio 95% C.I. P-value
Gender of parent    
   Female 1.0   
   Male 0.9 (0.5, 1.6) NS
Age of Parent    
   25-34 yrs 0.9 (0.3,2.7) NS
   35-44 yrs 1.0   
   45-54 yrs 0.7 (0.3,1.3) NS
   Over 54 yrs 0.7 (0.2,1.9) NS
Region    
   Dublin 1.0   
   Rest of Leinster 1.7 (0.7,3.7) NS
   Munster 1.8 (0.8,4.0) NS
   Connaught/Ulster 4.0 (1.5,10.8) <0.05
SEGP^    
   AB 1.0   
   C1 2.0 (0.7, 5.4) NS
   C2 2.7 (1.0, 7.3) <0.05
   DE 5.6 (1.8, 7.0) <0.01
   F 3.3 (0.9,11.2) 0.06
Work Status    
   Not Working outside of home 1.0   
   Working 0.4 (0.1, 0.9) <0.05
Parents' drinking status#    
   Regular 1.0   
   Infrequent 2.6 (1.3, 5.2) <0.01
   None 10.0 (2.6, 37.9) <0.01
Parent had given their teenager an alcoholic drink    
   No 1.0   
   Yes 0.1 (0.0,0.4) <0.01
Parent classification of binge drinking    
   4-5 units 0.9 (0.3, 2.4) NS
   6 units 1.0   
   7-8 units 0.9 (0.4, 1.8) NS
   8 + units 0.5 (0.2, 1.4) NS
   Don't know 2.6 (0.7, 9.9) NS
Age of teenager    
   13 years 1.0   
   14 years 0.6 (0.2, 1.5) NS
   15 years 0.4 (0.2,1.1) NS
   16 years 0.6 (0.2,1.6) NS
   17 years 0.4 (0.4, 1.2) NS
  1. * 148 parents who disagreed with the statement compared with 62 parents who agreed with the statement; 24 parents in the 'neither' category excluded.
  2. ^ SEGP classification: AB: upper & middle class; C1: lower middle class; C2: skilled working class; DE: unskilled working class; F: farmers
  3. # Regular drinkers consumed alcohol at least twice per week. Infrequent drinkers consumed alcohol once per week or less frequently.