Monday, 1 October 2007

Letting kids drink alcohol early reduces future problems?

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It seems quite weird to many of us that some would encourage teenagers to drink a little alcohol while legally under-age. But that is just what might keep them from binge drinking later in life, according to a new study.

Anna Peele's parents would let her drink at social functions and holiday meals, something that seemed ordinary to them but would catch many an American parent off-guard I think. Are small, social drinks okay for those teens in high school?

Some think that moderate drinking takes away from the mysterious, 'forbidden fruit' viewpoint many kids have about alcohol. And, since we all know most teens are perfectly non-rebellious (yeah, right), giving access to alcohol in those years may set some kind of mental precedent that would make going overboard later a slimmer possibility. What do you think?

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