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Back to Children's health. Talk to your child about the dangers of alcohol before they start drinking. You can use the points below as guidance.
Download this publication Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. The consequences of underage drinking can affect everyone—regardless of age or drinking status.
Alcohol is by far the most widely used psychoactive drug in the United States. Yet while the possession, use or sale of other drugs is against the law, alcohol is legal for those aged twenty-one or older. An adolescent may employ similar logic to gain permission to drink alcohol.
Understanding why your child may drink alcohol can help you influence your child to make sensible choices. Children can still be drawn to alcohol even though their first experience of it may be unpleasant. They may not like the taste or how it makes them feel but they often persist.
What is alcohol, and why do teens drink? The scientific name for alcohol that people drink is ethyl alcohol or ethanol. Beer, wine, and liquor all contain ethyl alcohol.
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As teenagers push the boundaries they may experiment with alcohol to feel more grown up. While parents have differing views on this subject, there is no strong evidence to suggest that providing alcohol to your child at home teaches them to drink responsibly. Instead, behaviours are often learnt by teens watching parents and other role models with alcohol.
Maanvi Singh. A college student reaches for a beer during spring break in Miami. For underage drinkers, it's not always about the cheapest alcohol they can get their hands on.
At my own 14th birthday party we were allowed one small glass of Woodpecker cider each, and there was much giggling — though from nervous excitement rather than intoxication. Not surprisingly, the s and 80s idea of a phased introduction is coming into question. According to Katherine Brown, Policy Director at the Institute for Alcohol Studies, there is simply no evidence that it helps children develop a sensible attitude to drinking. In fact, studies show the complete opposite: the earlier children are introduced to alcohol, the more they will drink as adults.