What do we know about what young kids know about alcohol?
Mar 13, 2020
Megan Cook from the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) at La Trobe University is currently working on her PHD looking at young children's knowledge of alcohol. She recently wrote an article for Drink Tank titled “What do we know about what young kids know about alcohol?”
Research has shown that by three years of age, children have a basic understanding of alcohol, including a belief that men drink more than women and are more likely to consume alcohol at a party as opposed to playing outdoors. Between the age of three and six years, children are able to identify the content and name of alcoholic beverages. By five years of age, children can identify how a drunk person might behave.
The article explores the international research on the topic and then highlights the need for Australia specific research in the area which is currently underway. The hope for this research is to increase our understanding of children's knowledge about alcohol which would be used to inform early intervention strategies and reduce uptake and the harms associated with drinking.
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