A new study shows new parents consume more alcohol after having their first child. There are many reasons that can be attributed to this, but that is not the issue. Experts consider this change of habit a threat to a parent-child relationship, which is normally very important especially in the early stages of life.
Results based on a study carried out by a children’s charity, 4Children, indicate that 17% of new parents increase their alcohol intake after having their first child. According to “The Drinks Business”, the name of the study, 40% of parents also do not cut down on their alcohol intake even after the baby is born. The relationship between parents and the newborn is very important in the early stages of the child’s life. This is the main reason why proper parenting requires new parents to cut down on their alcohol intake or avoid it altogether. It is important to note that the figures obtained in the study have raised some serious concerns.
According to the study, 28% of new mothers and 13% of new fathers admitted to drinking on a daily basis. The study also found that 22% of new mothers increased their alcohol intake immediately after giving birth for the first time.
What is surprising in all these is the fact that more than 50% of parents who participated in the survey did not think that drinking habits would have any effect on their family. This could not be further from the truth. However, there are many schools of thought on the issue. One significant flaw in the study is that the participants were not asked to expound more on their drinking patterns, quantity of alcohol consumed each time, and the type of beverage. A glass of wine after dinner does not have the same effect as taking a hard drink that may render you incapable of taking proper care of your child.