Teen Tasting

I’m reading more and more articles these days about teen-age drinking.  Our son is in the last quarter of 8th grade this year, and that means high school is just around the corner.

I’ve always been curious about the idea that children who are taught responsible drinking at the family table are less likely to binge drink when they come of age.

Well, the New York Times has an interesting article about that subject.  The author doesn’t have a definite answer but he does site one study that seems to show that teen-agers who are exposed to alcohol in moderate amounts by parents who set good examples are less likely to become problem drinkers.  The Times writer doesn’t have a conclusion and neither do I.

 What’s really interesting is that when I spoke to my son about it he said he doesn’t want to drink until he’s 21 because he’s learned in school that alcohol causes more brain damage before that age.  I think that’s a good place to start.

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