A new federal study by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) revealed that 709,000 U.S. kids aged 12 to 14 are drinking beer, liquor and other alcoholic beverages. Surprisingly, over 200,000 of this kids were given it by their parents.
Now, I haven't had to deal with this issue yet, but have friends who were raised to enjoy a glass of wine with Sunday dinner at the family table as teens and this seems very common in European households. I remember going to parties that served alcohol in high school and surrendering my keys at the door to the parents who were "chaperoning".
Peter Delaney, director of SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, is concerned and has been quoted as saying "If you drink alcohol before the age of 15 you are about five times more likely to experience a serious problem with alcohol or other drug use at or after the age of 21. That's why so many prevention programs are trying to delay kids from using alcohol, because the older you are, the more judgment you have, and the less likely you are to develop problems later in life."
Is it better that they do it with you and not on the street?
Do you forbid any kind of drinking in your home?
Do you allow a glass of wine on special occasions?
It's Feedback Friday:
So, what is your policy on alcohol in your home when it comes to children under the age of 21?
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