Children and teens given alcohol by their parents are more likely to drink by age 15 or 16

January 2017
An Australian study following 2,000 young people and their parents has found that parents giving sips of alcohol to their children leads to them being much more likely to be drinking full serves by age 15 or 16. Parental supply at any point in the study was associated with a doubling of the likelihood that the teens would be drinking full serves of alcohol when followed up a year later. Giving sips appeared to be protective for future binge drinking but the authors of the study cautioned parents in this area and advised that delaying for as long as possible was still the best strategy.

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