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Parent drinking, mental health tied to youth anxiety, depression risk

A Norwegian study in JAMA Pediatrics showed that children whose mothers and fathers regularly consumed alcohol and whose fathers had mental health symptoms had a 52% higher risk of developing anxiety and/or depression, compared with those with nondrinking parents and fathers who didn't have mental health problems. Lead researcher Ingunn Olea Lund said the findings suggest that pediatric anxiety and/or depression may be prompted by normal parental alcohol intake in some family settings.

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