Many parents of elementary-school-aged children believe that allowing their children to taste alcoholic beverages will discourage the children from experimenting with alcohol as teenagers. Researchers have concluded that not only is this premise incorrect, but that young children who imbibe with parental consent are likely to become problem drinkers as teenagers. Christine Jackson, a social ecologist at the nonprofit research organization, RTI International, stated that more studies are needed to determine why parents believe that early-age drinking can help curb their children’s alcohol use during their teen years. She also said that additional research is necessary to understand the relationship between a child’s early introduction to alcohol and its use when that child becomes a teenager.
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