According to new guidelines in the journal ‘Pediatrics’ parents should talk to their kids about alcohol before the age of ten. The American Academy of Pediatrics says kids begin to have positive thoughts about alcohol as early as age nine, thanks to ads everywhere from buses to movies. 80 per cent of teens say their parents are the biggest influence on whether or not they drink. 21 per cent of youth say they have had more than a sip of booze before the age of thirteen. Since alcohol can be deadly, hurt brain development, is the stuff most commonly abused by kids and lead to alcoholism, the journal advises parents to take every chance to raise the topic.
Is it appropriate to talk to nine year olds about alcohol? Is it best to be open about the topic? Does treating booze like it is taboo make it more tempting?