It is reported that introducing children to alcohol early on in life, could lead to the development of alcoholism. The research seems to show that the younger a child is when they have the first drink – the more likely they are to develop alcoholism later in life, and the more likely they are to develop alcohol related illnesses.
This is perhaps a timely reminder that Dr. Margaret Ann McCann wrote an excellent blog piece a while back entitled “Should parents teach their children to drink”. She concluded that parents should not encourage children to drink at all – at least not until they are well into their teens. Learning how to drink alcohol is a lesson than the majority of us need to learn at some point, but learning how to say no to alcohol is another very important message – which is best taught at home.
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