Campaign dispels myth that introducing alcohol earlier encourages adult moderation
Parents are being urged to delay the moment their child first drinks alcohol because it can damage the growing brain.
The idea that introducing your child to alcohol, for example with a glass of wine at the dinner table, will take away the novelty and deter binge drinking is a myth, say experts. Too many people still believe that families drinking together in France keeps children safe, when actually the county’s rates of alcohol dependence and binge drinking exceed those in the UK.
The warning comes from health campaigners in the north-east of England, who have launched a campaign aimed at parents called What's the Harm, backed by experts across the UK.