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Warning over parents' alcohol habits
The study for charity 4Children warns of a "silent epidemic" of alcohol misuse in British families.
The report, Over the Limit: The Truth about Families and Alcohol, suggested about a third of mothers and fathers drink more than their recommended units a week.
But 62% of the 575 British parents questioned as part of the report said that their drinking behaviour had no impact on their family life. And one in five (19%) believed their alcohol consumption had a positive effect on their ability to parent.
The report said the households most likely to drink were the wealthiest - with almost four times as many families in the top-earning groups, drinking every day compared to the poorest.
The arrival of children seems to have led more parents to drink more, with one in six increasing consumption after the birth of a baby.
The report, which was also based on in-depth research with family alcohol misuse services, said: