Harmless Or Not? When Parents Offer Kids A Sip Of Alcohol


By Henry L. Davis

Original Source: buffalonews.com

Some parents offer their children a sip of wine or beer on occasion, thinking it’s harmless or they’re teaching a lesson.

Is it really so benign?

A new University at Buffalo study joins a small but growing body of work whose conclusions strongly question the popular practice, finding that even infrequent tastes do not remove the aura around alcohol or subtly promote a healthy attitude toward drinking.

Instead, parents who allow their young children to sip wine or beer may be contributing to an increased risk for alcohol use and problems later in adolescence, the researchers found.

“Early sipping and tasting is predicting increased drinking behavior in young adulthood…click here to continue reading