According to a new report in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, there may be a link between children who taste their parents’ alcohol once in a while and future drinking behaviors. The study of 561 students found that kids who had sipped their parents’ drinks by the sixth grade were 5 times more likely than their peers to drink by the time they reached high school. However, the study has only drawn a correlation, rather than a causation, between these behaviors.
Some parents feel that introducing their children to alcohol early will allow them to learn about responsible drinking and minimize the taboo desire to drink. The researchers suggest giving kids “‘clear, consistent messages’ about drinking and making sure they can’t get a hold of any alcohol kept in the house.”
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