Should parents let kids taste alcohol?

April 1, 2015 1:46 PM

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(CBS News) Children often see their parents crack open a bottle of wine or beer or mix a drink at some point early on in life when they're too young to understand what alcohol is. Kids are inquisitive and curious, so of course many eventually ask their parents for "just a sip" of what the grown-ups are drinking. Seems harmless enough, right?

But a new long-term study finds kids who had "sipped" alcohol by sixth grade were more likely to start drinking earlier and to abuse alcohol. The researchers found those who tried an alcoholic beverage by sixth grade were five times more likely than other kids to consume an entire drink by the time ...

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