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Should teens drink at home?

Parents who let their kids drink might fuel binging


According to England’s chief medical officer, parents who allow their children to drink alcohol at home might be increasing the chances of future drinking problems. Parents might think this readies them for adulthood, but that’s “misguided,” Sir Liam Donaldson told the BBC, as new evidence shows this could lead to binge drinking later in life. Official guidelines in the UK now say children under 15 should drink no alcohol, and those under 17 should drink only with supervision, even though parents and care givers can legally give children alcohol from age five on. A major publicity campaign is expected to be launched in England in January. “We know that adults who drink sensibly tend to pass these habits on and that some families choose to introduce alcohol to their children younger than 15 in a supportive environment,” Professor Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians and chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance, said.

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Should teens drink at home?

  1. I'd like to review some of these 'experts' credentials.

    I learned about alcohol at university, from my peers, who also knew nothing about them. In the process of exploring this uncharted territory, we made many mistakes that could have been easily prevented had we been socialized under the benevolent care of a parent.

    We don't teach young people to drive by throwing them the keys and letting them crash the car over and over. We don't teach kids to read by giving them books and then leaving the room. I don't understand why anyone expect young adults would be better off without the benefit of education and supervision by their parents only in the area of alcohol socialization.

  2. If there is a problem, I think it reflects more the type of family doing the introduction to alcohol. I wonder how the results would look if this study excluded parents with existing drinking problems?

  3. I was introduced to alcohol at the age of 12 (a small glass of wine with dinner) and later in my teen years my parents allowed me and my friends to drink under their supervision and away from harm. I know many people who got into a lot of trouble and dangerous situations as a result of having to "sneak around" and not knowing their limit. Meanwhile, I learned to enjoy alcohol responsibly and in moderation, and never felt the need to binge because it was available to me any time I wanted it and therefore had no mystery. Kids learn best by example.