My friend allows his 13-year old son to drink an occasional
bottle of "hard" lemonade. The friend's dad was an
alcoholic, but my friend believes that he is demystifying alcohol
by not making it taboo and teaching his son to drink responsibly.
I am concerned that this well-meaning dad is making a mistake.
I would like to pass on some literature to him to make him rethink
his strategy. Can you help?
We'll sure try! First, there is nothing "responsible"
about breaking the law. In every state in the U.S., it is illegal
for a 13-year old to drink alcohol. Perhaps without meaning
to, the message this dad is sending is "the law doesn't
apply to us." At 13, no child's mind or body is mature
enough to handle the effects of a powerful drug. Research shows
that the earlier kids start drinking, the more likely they will
be to develop a problem with alcohol or other drugs later in
life. The history of alcoholism in the family is cause for concern.
Children with alcoholism in their families are at high risk
for alcohol and other drug problems. And alcoholism can skip
a generation, so the grandfather's alcoholism is a factor. For
more information about kids and drinking, your friend can check
Thanks for being a good friend!
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