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Introducing alcohol to young people

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There are few issues currently so perplexing and confusing for parents than how to introduce the notion of alcohol to young people.  Many report that they are under pressure from their son or daughter to let them drink before the legal drinking age.    ‘Everyone else is drinking. Why can’t I?’ is a mantra that many parents of teens are familiar with.   The current evidence suggests that teenagers are beginning to drink alcohol at a younger age than ever, and they drinking more as well. One recent Australian study found that in the previous twelve months, 25.5 per cent of boys and 27.1 per cent of girls had drunk until the blacked out, which is a level that kills off brain cells responsible for high level functioning.   It’s widely acknowledged that binge drinking is a huge problem among young people. It can be argued tha...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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