Tuesday, May 12, 2015
How allowing early sips of alcohol can influence a child's mind and future
In a three-year study - kids who were allowed to sip wine or beer from their parents' glasses "now and then" before the age of 11 - were four times more likely to binge drink in high school. The link remained even after researchers accounted for parents' drinking habits, family history of alcoholism and poor impulse control in students. Letting young children take a sip on special occasions may send a "mixed message."