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When should you talk to your kids about alcohol? Before they turn 10, doctors say

When should you talk to your kids about alcohol? Before they turn 10, doctors say

Having the "booze talk" with kids before they take their first sip of alcohol is crucial, according to a report released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics. That moment comes earlier than adults might expect, the group said, meaning pediatricians and parents alike should warn children by age 9 about the dangers associated with drinking. "Surveys indicate that children start to think positively about alcohol between ages 9 and 13 years," 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 are already drinking, this exposure leads them to...

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