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24 June 2016

Should you offer your children sips of alcohol during dinner?

Should you offer your children sips of alcohol during dinner or at family events to get them acclimatised to the idea? Perhaps you’d better not. Some researchers warn that giving small tastes of alcohol to relatively young children may actually increase the risk of various problem behaviours, including drug use and binge drinking, later on. In one study, children who had tried alcohol before their sixth school year were found to be more likely to have had full drinks or gotten drunk by the beginning of their ninth school year than their teetotaling peers.

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