Second graders sipping alcohol

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Second graders sipping alcohol
Mon, 07-01-2013 - 9:10am

According to Health Day News, an alarming amount of 8 year olds have tasted alcohol. "Many 8-year-olds in the United States have already tasted alcohol, according to a new study.

Researchers found that 37 percent of kids in one Pennsylvania county had sipped alcohol by second grade, and two-thirds had tasted it by age 12.

Childhood exposure to alcohol is concerning because other research has suggested that sipping or tasting at a young age leads to early drinking, said study leader John Donovan, an associate professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center." read more

Your thoughts?


Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997
Tue, 07-02-2013 - 8:39pm

Watered down alcohol is common in many European countries for young children. That is because the people see alcohol differently. I would wonder if the 8 year olds sipped wine at a Catholic Mass.... that is perfectly acceptable. Did they sneak, were they permitted? Was it a special occasion? Too many variables. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-02-2008
Mon, 07-08-2013 - 8:52am

I grew up in a home where whiskey was used for cough medicine and toothaches and wine was sipped at Sunday dinner as soon as we could hold a cup by ourselves. I don't drink as an adult so I personally believe it is all in how it is presented to children as to whether or not it is good or bad for them.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-08-2002
Tue, 07-09-2013 - 3:27pm

I agree with the other posters on this.  My children wanted to taste it and I let them  Neither one is alcoholic.  They might have snuck a few beers with the other kids in school, but as adults they are not drinkers.  My drinking might have put them off, but it might also be because they didnt catch the bullet of this disease.  I love the fact that it is how we present it.....we can learn how if we dont know...

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-28-2007
Sat, 08-03-2013 - 2:25am

I believe that if it is in your will drink regardless of how you are raised.

People that grow up in the same house both given whiskey for a ends up doesn't ....genetic.\

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-01-2013
Sat, 08-03-2013 - 10:48pm

Hi Karla,

It's alarming news but not all that suprising.  Kids usually like to taste what they see mommy and daddy drink, be it hot chocoate, bourbon or beer.  It is sad commentary on the irresponsibilty of some of the parents in our nation.  I think we can do and have to do a better job of educating or the parents of young ones on the dangers of doing this.  Perhaps community "town hall meetings" or PTA organizations could take this on in cooperation with county health organizations and child care professionals.  My daughter is a maternal care nurse in a teaching hospital located in an intercity,  The place is a beehive of heroin and crack dealers and users.  Lauren has told me of newborns addicted to these drugs. I have heard of babies that are born with damaged brains that exhibit autism and neurological disorders.  Thank you, Karla, for posting this bcause it needs our citizenery attention, positievely.

In friendship,