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Sex, drugs or too much booze? Parents biggest fears about uni revealed

1st May 2014

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The number one worry that parents have when their kids head off to uni has been revealed – and it might not be what you expect.

You might think your parents would be most worried about you drinking yourself half to death every weekend or living off Pot Noodles for three years straight, but you’d be wrong.

The biggest fear that parents have, apparently, is that their student daughter might get pregnant – or that their son might unwittingly father a child.

It seems that students kids being lax with their contraception is a real worry amongst parents – 24% of the 600 questioned picked their child falling pregnant/getting someone pregnant as the thing that they were most worried about.

Drug-taking came in a close second with 21% of the vote, with binge drinking (16%) coming third and sexual promiscuity (14%) fourth.

Getting mugged polled fifth on the list with 13% of parents naming it their top concern.

Despite what might be expected, though, the stereotypical mother’s fear of their child not eating properly scored poorly with only 8% highlighting as their main worry. Taking up smoking came last in the poll with 4%.

The survey was conducted by A spokesperson said: “It is no real shock that pregnancy is at the top of the list. Whereas the others, whilst still serious, can be grown out of or recovered from, pregnancy is a life changing event for all the parties involved.

“Binge drinking has become an unfortunate aspect of youth culture today, with many university activities centred around alcohol, so it’s no real shock to see parents list it as their number three concern.

“We were surprised to see smoking polled last, however we believe this is due to the increased education and awareness surrounding the dangers of smoking.”

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