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Almost Half of 10-Year-Olds Have Tasted Alcohol
Date:1/4/2008

g sipped or tasted alcohol as young as age eight or 10."

Children do seem to follow by example, the study author added. "Children whose parents drink more frequently are at higher risk of having had a sip or taste of alcohol," Donovan said. "Surprisingly, it appears that much of this greater risk is not due to parents having offered the children alcohol: A third of the mothers and half of the fathers whose children have sipped alcohol are not aware of it."

The researchers said the results imply that children's drinking behavior is learned from their observation of their parents drinking, although Donovan pointed out that beer commercials, alcohol ads and TV characters who drink may also play a role.

The researchers also noted that sipping or tasting alcohol at a young age is not correlated with other problem behaviors.

Writing in the January issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, the researchers stated that this is the first in a series of studies planned for this group of families, with the intent of exploring the way in which family attitudes and drinking behavior may affect children's choices.

More information

To learn more about alcohol abuse, visit the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.



-- Madeline Vann



SOURCE: Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, news release, Jan. 3, 2008


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