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Talk to Kids About Alcohol by Age Nine

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Many parents dread talking to their kids about drugs and alcohol, but a new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that this talk must happen early to be most affective – ideally before kids even hit double digits.

According to the study, young people are exposed to alcohol advertising and become curious, which can lead them to begin drinking at very young ages. In fact, the study found that 21 percent of young adults admitted to sipping alcohol before they were 13.

“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,” Dr. Lorena Siqueira, the study author, told NBC News.

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