Kids allowed to sip alcohol more likely to drink as teens, study says

April 1, 2015 2:50 PM

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Kids allowed to sip alcohol more likely to drink as teens, study says

Middle-schoolers who take the occasional sip of wine or beer are more likely to drink on their own as they become teens, a new study suggests. The research out of Brown University merely notes the association and isn't asserting that parents who allow the sipping are doing a bad thing, notes a post at EurekaAlert.

Still, the lead researcher says it should at least sound a note of caution about the so-called European model—the idea that letting young kids indulge a little will destigmatize alcohol and make them more responsible drinkers later.

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