I was asked to comment recently on the study showing that the younger you introduce your kids to alcohol, the more likely they are to become problem drinkers.
Here is part two of my response.
In countries where alcohol is not widely promoted, recommended and drunk, such as Switzerland and Denmark, alcohol deaths remain very low.
- In Switzerland only 5% of male deaths are alcohol-related
- We in New Zealand have young women binge drinking at rates 300% higher than they were 10 years ago
This is partly due to the fact they have been raised to see their parents drinking and they see their role models saying “alcohol is ok” or “drinking is a normal part of life”.
Dr Nick Sheron, the liver unit, Southampton General Hospital sums it up very clearly by saying “You cannot get a cancer cell occurring unless DNA is altered. When you drink, the acetaldehyde is corrupting the DNA of life and puts you on the road to cancer. One of most common genetic defects in man is our inability to counteract the toxicity of alcohol”.