Parents recommended to talk about alcohol to kids as young as 9
The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently released new guidelines that recommend parents educate their kids about the negative consequences of alcohol when they're as young as nine-years old.
The legal drinking age in the U.S. may be 21, but awareness about alcohol begins much sooner.
As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recently recommended that parents educate their kids about the negative consequences of drinking when they're as young as nine-years old.
In fact, the organization has found that the ages between nine and thirteen are when positive impressions of alcohol are first established.
One of the study's authors explains, "The more young people are exposed to alcohol advertising and marketing, the more likely they are to drink, and if they are already drinking, this exposure leads them to drink more."
Based on their research, they found that around one in five kids have had at least a small amount of alcohol before they were 13 and nearly four out of five had done this by their last year of high school.
And as many as 60 percent of the high school students who admit to consuming alcohol binge drink.
This statistic is particularly concerning given the role the substance plays in the top three causes of deaths among teens: car accidents, homicides, and suicides.