I’m Going to Teach my Adolescent to Drink Responsibly, ‘Like They Do in Europe’

And Other Well-Intentioned Parenting Myths about Adolescent Alcohol Use

by Danielle Dick PhD, Professor in Developmental Psychology and Human & Molecular Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University

As a researcher who studies adolescent alcohol use and problems, I frequently talk to parent groups, and I always, inevitably get asked a question along the following lines:

“Isn’t part of the problem that in the United States we make alcohol off-limits to adolescents, and by doing so, make it more attractive to our kids? Wouldn’t we be better off lowering the legal drinking age and allowing our kids to drink with us,