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When to Talk About Alcohol with Your Child

While there has been a lot of discussion about the expansion of medical marijuana in New Jersey and it's potential legalization, it's important not to forget about alcohol use and abuse. In some studies, nearly half of all 12th graders admit to using alcohol in the last month, more than double the rate of marijuana use.

This article from a pediatrician and mother discusses why we need to have this talk and how to go about it. It's important to have this talk before your child is old enough to be exposed to alcohol. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents start talking to children about alcohol as young as 9 years old. That is when many children begin to form positive associations with alcohol (from media, older children, and adults in their life). The author gives some good tips about why and how to discuss this with your child.

Posted: 4/17/2018 8:11:53 AM by Paul Matz | with 0 comments

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