Does Letting Kids Drink Teach Them to Drink Responsibly?

Written on June 2, 2011 at 3:56 pm , by

Okay, the debate I’ve been having with the immediate world for years is finally resolved. Score one for making your kids wait for the legal drinking age to take their first alcohol. A recent study has blown a great big hole in the idea that letting kids drink with their parents is a way to teach them to drink responsibly. In fact, teens who drank under adult supervision actually went on to have bigger problems with alcohol.

There are some moms and pops (who shall remain nameless, but you know who you are) who believe in this. I never bought it, and believe there are better ways to guide them.  You don’t need me to tell you that kids who abuse themselves with alcohol in scary ways, with horrifying consequences.  What do you say? This is a topic about which reasonable people disagree. But the research is clear.