Family dinner reduces underage drinking, advocates say

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  • skitarghee Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 10:44 a.m.

    Linkage between family dinners and teenage abstinence? I can think of many other behaviors that might be more correlated. Parental drinking habits and attitudes. Church attendance where friends are teetotalers. Good grades and higher intelligence. Working in the family business where you often tutored by parents. Nothing against dinners with your children but I doubt that will keep them from alcohol if their friends are drinking, if they are undisciplined, and left to fend for themselves on weekend evenings.

  • jjc16 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 8:01 p.m.

    The vitriol that the Deseret News (and Utah) has against underage drinking also has me confused. In other countries -- including most of Europe, Asia, and Latin America -- it is quite common for children to have at least tasted alcohol before they turn 18. I'm not sure that, based on evidence from those countries, drinking in moderation before a certain age can be shown to cause lasting harm to children.

    I know that much of the opposition to children drinking -- even very moderately as part of a family meal -- stems from the majority religion in Utah. While I respect their right to worship their god as they please and understand that part of that worship involves abstaining from the consumption of alcohol , I remain unconvinced that underage drinking represents a health or societal threat and not just a religious one.

  • Richard Larson Galt, CA
    Sept. 24, 2012 3:46 p.m.

    Unless of course, they are serving wine.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 24, 2012 3:42 p.m.

    The kids can enjoy a small snifter of wine with a big family meal and it's ok. In spite of the recent tirades in the DN, I still don't believe the only way to keep kids from drinking is denial, the 'don't touch that it's dirty' approach. When I lived in japan I found beer in vending machines by the train stations and a society void of drunken children. It all comes down to a healthy attitude.