Some parents believe it is okay to supply their children with alcohol because they think that it is inevitable that their child will drink alcohol and they want to prevent binge drinking.
Parents may have this belief because adolescents themselves overestimate how many of their peers drink, or because binge drinking was once much more prevalent than it is today.
In reality, there has been a major generational shift in alcohol consumption, and adolescents are drinking less, with more adolescents abstaining from drinking altogether. Almost half (42%) of 12-15-year-old Australians have never drunk alcohol in their lifetime. When it comes to binge drinking, 70% of 12-15-year-olds have not drunk to excess in the last year.