We all know parenting isn’t easy, especially when it comes to talking to our children about the affects of alcohol. Many parents hope to avoid the subject entirely. But, as we prepare for the new school year to begin, and we get our children ready for those new friends and influences, now is the perfect time to start talking about the dangers of experimenting with alcohol as well.

In a recent report released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Having the “booze talk” with your kids before they’ve had their first sip of alcohol is crucial. When most adults finally feel comfortable enough to have the “booze talk”, that moment is already too late. It should come earlier than parents might expect. The recent report shows that pediatricians, teachers and parents should start warning children by the age of 9 about the dangers associated with drinking.

Researchers have found that 21 percent of young people have tried more than a sip of alcohol by the age of 13, and nearly 80 percent acknowledged drinking before graduating high school.

A committee of doctors wrote in the report. “The more young people are exposed to alcohol advertising and marketing, the more likely they are to drink, and if they’re already drinking, this exposure leads them to drink more. Therefore, it is very important to start talking to children early.” The more informed our children are the better off they’ll be.

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