Letting children sip your beer could be more harmful than you realise: People who taste alcohol at a young age are more likely to drink heavily as adults

Children who are given a sip of alcohol by their parents at a young age are more likely to booze heavily later in life, a new study suggests.

US researchers found children given a taste of an alcoholic beverage were more likely to see alcohol in a positive light, and go on to drink more alcohol as adults.

Meanwhile, those who start drinking early are also more likely to fail at school and have behaviour issues and substance problems in adulthood, previous research suggests.

The study authors are from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland

‘Underage drinking is a serious societal concern, yet relatively little is known about child sipping of alcohol and its relation to beliefs about alcohol,’ they say in their research paper.

‘Providing sips of alcohol to children is associated with them having more favourable expectations about drinking.’   

In the UK, it is not actually illegal for a child over the age of five to drink alcohol at home or on other private premises – however, this does not mean it is recommended. 

Drink Aware strongly advises an alcohol-free childhood, as recommended by the UK Chief Medical Officer. 

It is illegal, however, to give children alcohol if they are under five and to sell alcohol to someone under 18.

It’s common for parents to allow their children occasional sips of alcohol with an innocent intent before the legal drinking age.

Parents are the most frequent suppliers of alcohol to kids with the intention of introducing them to booze in a responsible setting. 

Many parents supply sips rather than whole drinks or small watered-down servings of wine with a meal, for example. 

But according to the NHS, drinking alcohol can damage a child’s health, even if they’re 15 or older. 

Alcohol can affect the normal development of children’s vital organs and functions, including the brain, liver, bones and hormones. 

According to the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD), parents should not give their children even a small glass of beer or wine at dinner. 

Last year, the non-profit organisation condemned the trend to introduce children to alcohol at meal times – which is common among middle-class families – in the belief it will teach them to drink responsibly.

‘We call on parents to support us by not buying alcohol for, or sharing alcohol with, children – even if they do this with good intentions,’ said Albert Baladi, IARD chairman. 

Kids given sips of booze ‘are more likely to see alcohol positively’ | Daily Mail Online

Mozambique: Jihad violence creates humanitarian crisis, 670,000 displaced

The humanitarian crisis in Mozambique worsened rapidly and will inevitably escalate.

Brutal jihad violence has been a 1,400-year menace that continues to this day. It’s all about Islamic expansionism, yet the Western world continues to ignore it in the name of “tolerance.” Instead, globalists have flung open the doors of their nations to unvetted mass migration, enabling the problems that are besetting Africa and the Middle East, including jihad violence, to come to the West, putting the security of their own citizens at risk.

Meanwhile, as migrants flood into Europe from the Middle East and Africa due to this ongoing jihad violence, coronavirus lockdowns remain tightly in place for peaceful Western citizens. Western economies crumble while jihadis infiltrate refugee streams.

“Hunger drives displaced Mozambicans to risk going home for food,” Africa News, March 1, 2021:

Brutal jihadist violence forced them to flee their homes, but now hunger has driven some in Mozambique to risk their lives by sneaking back to their old residences to gather food — or even resume farming.

Nearly 670,000 people have been displaced by an extremist insurgency that has raged for three years in northern Mozambique.

Some have moved in with host families, some are living in temporary shelters, while others have resettled in newly-created safe villages.

But a critical lack of food has led to a brave few returning to their old homes to forage for whatever they can.

lal Dady said that one day he left his new home in the Metuge resettlement camp to scour his granaries in Quissanga, a district in Cabo Delgado province where the Islamists are waging their bloody campaign.

“I got chestnuts and other food products to feed my family,” said the 22-year-old father of one.

Some are even more daring.

Mussa Cesar, 43, confessed that he goes back to Quissanga — an eight-hour walk — to work on his old farmland.

“I have been going to Quissanga for my field. I stay there around three days, cultivating and then come back,” he said, sitting under a tree and playing a traditional draughts game with friends.

“And I bring back manioc for my family here,” he said.

“We just don’t do the fishing, because we are afraid.”

– Voucher programme –

Attacks by shadowy jihadists affiliated to the Islamic State skyrocketed last year in gas-rich province, triggering a humanitarian crisis.

The number of violent incidents has dropped significantly, according to conflict data collating organisation ACLED, but the security situation is still precarious across the province.

Local authorities warned AFP journalists not to use some roads not far from the resettlement camps, because they were unsafe….

Mozambique: Jihad violence creates humanitarian crisis, 670,000 displaced (jihadwatch.org)