The question is simple. Would you let your kids have a sip of alcohol knowing that it could result in alcohol abuse in their teenage years? Many parents, if not all of them, would say that they would not allow their kids to try alcohol before the legal age. But is this the truth?
The fact of the matter is that children are susceptible to anything their parents have showed interest in. Whether it’s having a drink during dinner, or going out for a smoke after the meal. Kids are like sponges, yes you’ve heard this before but it’s true.
Numbers don’t lie
Many studies have proven that children who have tried alcohol in middle school were prone to abusing it in high school. One might think this is only normal given the fact that they are experiencing high school and the parties that follow.
Studies show that 10% of American middle school children recollect having a full drink once they reached high school. This, of course, comes after having been allowed to try alcohol earlier in life. This is an alarming statistic.
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Other studies, conducted throughout the world, suggest the same. Kids are more likely to do what they think is reasonable and acceptable.
It’s understood that in some cultures allowing your children to try alcohol isn’t such a bad thing. Many European cultures think it’s funny or thinks it’s acceptable to see the reaction their children have to the taste and what not.
In reality, do you thin these parents have any intention to give their children the confidence to abuse alcohol? The answer is no. Kids don’t understand the level of impairment that is achieved through alcohol. Often they think it’s acceptable, yet they don’t realize the problems it may cause.
It’s not about now it’s about later
The problems associated with providing minors with alcohol come later in life. This is with respect to the kids developing a binge-drinking problem. So, all in all, the problem isn’t just allowing children to try alcohol it’s the problem they may develop in the future.
This is not to say that every child will think the same when they get older, but the statistics show that enough children have made the jump to heavier amounts of “booze”.
The finger is strictly being pointed at friends and family who think it is appropriate to allow children to taste alcohol, and rightfully so. If your child does so happen to develop a drinking problem than perhaps you have made a detrimental decision in your child’s future.
It is safe to say that this doesn’t happen to every child who has experienced alcohol at a young age. But that is not to say the possibility is very high. The overall lessons for parent is to use their judgment, for example examining the type of child you have.
It’s your duty
At a young age children express their interest and honesty in most situations. So if you feel like your child may be someone who will potentially cause harm to their self, or others, than maybe alcohol isn’t something they should experiment with.
The decision is yours, but don’t forget the alarming statistics these studies are supported by.
For more information, and alarming statistics, visit CNN.
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