Teens more apt to binge if parents let them 'sip' as kids: study

March 31, 2015 4:39 AM

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Teens more apt to binge if parents let them 'sip' as kids: study

Those early tastes of dad's brewski or mom's merlot may leave a troubling legacy as young sippers are more prone than their peers to party harder by the time they hit high school, researchers reported Tuesday.

Children who sampled alcohol by or before sixth grade were five times more likely than their non-sipping schoolmates to finish off a full adult beverage while in ninth grade — and four times more apt to have binged or been drunk, according to a study by Brown University.

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