Do people drink less alcohol if they start young?

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Do people drink less alcohol if they start young?
Stars Insider

26/11/18 | StarsInsider

HEALTH Drinking

Many parents think that it’s wise to introduce their children to alcohol early in order to prevent them from drinking a lot when they’re older. Experts warn that the exact opposite tends to happen.

It’s not uncommon for people to think that by giving alcohol to a young child, the novelty will wear off more easily. They may also think that by being present when their child drinks alcohol, they can teach the child to drink responsibly.

This theory causes some parents to let their child drink before the age of 15. They often believe it works because they’ve been raised in a similar fashion. However, experts warn that consuming alcohol before the age of 15 has physical and mental repercussions as the growth of a child is hindered. Drinking before the age of 18 is also considered as dangerous.

Leaving aside the direct effects on a child’s health, what about their drinking behavior later on? A study observed the drinking habits of nearly 2,000 children and their parents to find out what happens when children are introduced to alcohol by their parents at an early age.

The results show that children with access to alcohol early on are more likely to binge drink when they’re older, which is both unhealthy and dangerous behaviour.

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