There are no scientific reasons to let your child sip to learn to drink responsibly
Many parents find serving a glass of wine at dinner or sipping beer on the barbecue for their children helps teenagers learn to drink responsibly. Ledo mistake. The intention that young people do not get their hands on the first opportunity that they have access to drink away from their parents may be good, but it is not scientifically justified. Even practice boosts drinking.
An Australian study conducted over six years found that parents who let their children drink limited amounts of alcohol stimulate young people to drink too much in short periods of time (binge drinking), drink abuse, and other problems related to alcohol. ingestion of alcohol. Scientists involved in the research argue that parents who allow sporadic doses of their children to protect them are actually giving children permission to drink.
The research was published in the scientific journal The Lancet . To reach these conclusions, the team from the University of New South Wales, Australia, led by drug and alcohol researcher Richard Mattick, followed the behavior of 1,900 parents and 7th grade children (on average 12 years old) of three schools in relation to alcohol. The researchers focused on adolescents ‘exposure to drink and their parents’ alcohol supply, conducting questionnaires every year. Mattick’s team analyzed behavioral developments until the children were 18 years old.
At the beginning, only 15% of adolescents (then 12 to 13 years old) drank at home with parental permission. At the end of the six-year experiment, 57% of the students (17 to 18 years old) had the family as a source of access to the drink. In the period, the proportion of young people who did not drink decreased from 2 in 10 young people to 8 in 10.
The researchers also found that adolescents who “learned to drink” at home with passing were more likely to drink large amounts of alcohol over short periods of time, more alcohol-related harm, and experienced more experiences that demonstrate drink abuse, such as have got into trouble or have trouble remembering things. On average, 62% of adolescents who did not drink with their parents took four or more doses at the same event. In the group that “learned” to drink with the parents, the number of young people who drank continuously on the same occasion was 82%. In addition, anyone who had the family’s endorsement for sporadic smacking indoors was twice as likely to have access to drink from other sources the following year.