Many fathers in recovery from alcoholism will have observed some of the effects of their drinking on their children.
A University of Minnesota study has found that fathers who are heavy alcohol drinkers are more likely to have troubled children, HealthScout News reported.
Researchers asked 2,500 fathers how many alcoholic drinks they had ever consumed in one day.
They determined that the more the fathers drank, the greater the risk that their children would become dependent on alcohol or drugs or have behavioral problems, such as attention-deficit disorder.
“As the number of drinks per day went up, the likelihood of problems increased,” said Stephen Malone, lead author of the study and a research associate with the Minnesota Twin Family Study at the University of Minnesota.
The researchers said the findings offered a way to identify adults and youngsters who are most at risk.
Results of the study are published in the December 2002 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.