Perkins, H. Wesley. 1987. "Parental Religion and Alcohol Use Problems as Intergenerational Predictors of Problem Drinking Among College Students." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 340-357.
The relationship between religion and alcohol abuse, the relationship between alcohol abuse of parents and of children, and the subject of problem drinking in college are the focal points of an empirical investigation that explores intergenerational linkages between religiosity and problem drinking among collegiate youths.  The results of this study indicate that students are at greater risk for problem drinking if they are: 1) from Gentile religious traditions as compared with Jews (as was the case with previous generations of students); 2) not strongly attached to a particular faith; or 3) the child of an alcohol abuser.  In addition to presenting “at risk” categories for students, this study analyzes the intergeneration transmission of alcohol problems that can occur specifically through the influence of parental religion.  In particular, the parental religion is related to these “at risk” categories, suggesting that characteristics of a parent’s faith may have multiple paths of impact upon the young collegian’s drinking experience.  Parents’ religious traditions and their degrees of religiosity largely determine the traditions and commitment of their children which, in turn, influence the student’s drinking.  Parental traditions and degrees of religiosity have also influenced parents’ own drinking experiences as demonstrated here – with Gentile parents and those with a weak faith experiencing greater alcohol problems – which, in turn, have an additional effect upon the collegiate child’s drinking as the children of alcohol abusers are more likely to become abusers themselves.