The Washington Post (9/1, Dennis) details a new report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics that recommends warning children by the age of nine about the dangers associated with drinking alcohol. The report states, “Surveys indicate that children start to think positively about alcohol between ages 9 and 13 years… Therefore, it is very important to start talking to children about the dangers of drinking as early as 9 years of age.”
The New York Times (9/1, Dell’Antonia) writes the report states that “21 percent of youth acknowledge having had more than a sip of alcohol before 13 years of age, and most (79 percent) have done so by 12th grade.”
NBC News (9/1, Fox) quotes the report as saying, “Among youth who drink, the proportion who drink heavily is higher than among adult drinkers, rising from approximately 50 percent in those 12 to 14 years of age to 72 percent among those 18 to 20 years of age.” This heavy drinking, or binging, was defined as five or more drinks in one sitting. The report also notes that “80 percent of teenagers say their parents are the biggest influence on their decision whether to drink.”
— “When should you talk to your kids about alcohol? Before they turn 10, doctors say,” Brady Dennis, Washington Post, August 31, 2015.