Children and young adults whose parents monitor their social interactions are less likely to have alcohol-related problems.
This is according to a recent study conducted with the cooperation of 581 college students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and San Diego State University.
One of the study's authors, Dr Julie Patock-Peckman, noted that children who were monitored by a parent of the opposite sex were even less likely to drink excessively or display impulsive behaviour traits.
"People seem to think that women or girls will be ok if just their mothers are involved in their lives, and this is really showing that fathers have an impact," she said.
However, she noted that the reasons for this are not fully understood but that it could have something to do with "the socialisation process from one generation to the next".
"Perhaps it has something to do with learning how members of the opposite gender view and value certain behaviours."