The Checkup: Mothers Pass Drinking Habits to Kids, Study Says
• It took 18,000 study subjects and three decades spent tracking them for researchers to determine that moms, not dads, influence their kids’ future drinking habits. When they’re teenagers, kids are more apt to be influenced by their peers in the drinking department, the study found. But by age 34, the amount they put back has to do with how much they thought their mom drank when they were kids. Jezebel reports: “For each step on the four-point scale of booziness that mothers ascended, their children’s drinking rose about 1.3 times above government recommendations. Fathers, meantime, had no such effect on their kids’ adulthood drinking habits.” Researchers aren’t entirely sure why, but it may have to do with moms drinking more in the home than dads. Read more here.
• What happens when you hand out free birth control? You get fewer abortions, according to a new study. In teen girls, the results were most dramatic: only 6.3 births per 1,000 teens compared to the national average of 34 births per 1,000. More here.
• Companies across the country are rolling out the pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But here’s a new one: a porn company is offering to donate 1 cent to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every 30 views of breast-related videos. I kid you not—the Los Angeles Times has more.