Kids and alcohol: 17% try it by sixth grade

Filed under: Tweens, Teens, Health & Safety: Babies, In The News, Alcohol & Drugs, Day Care & Education

Underage drinking is every parent's concern, especially at the high school level. But a recent survey of 4,000 sixth grade students in Chicago found that 17% of sixth graders had already tried alcohol.

Obviously, kids who start drinking this early are at risk for a whole mess of problems, including trouble at school and with the law. Prevention experts think this finding means that alcohol awareness classes should begin earlier, in grade school.

At home, parents can start the discussion on their own, broaching the topic sooner than later. Experts suggest not only teaching kids about the dangers of alcohol, but also how to turn it down when it is offered to them. For age appropriate ways to talk to your kids about alcohol, visit Kids Health.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.