So just as you drove your parents to drink, your mother may of indirectly cause you to drink as well. The British think-tank Demos tracked the drinking patterns of 18,000 people over three decades and came to the conclusion that adults drink because their mothers did.
The study looked at drinking habits of teenagers and adults; while teenagers were more influenced by their peers, the study found a direct correlation of people who ‘binge drank’ at age 35 to how much they perceived that their mothers had drank when they were young.
The study had asked people to rate how much their mothers and fathers drank on a 4 point scale. They found that with each point a mother received, the likely hood that their adult children would drink more than the Government recommended amount rose 1.3 times.
One explanation for this comes from the fact that all of the participants in this study where born before 1970 when parental roles where different. Mothers traditionally spent more at home than fathers did, so it is expected that children saw their mother drink more than their father.