Alcohol for Children? Absurd!
Molly Barrow, Ph.D.
In a recent article by Victoria Brett
discussed the pros and cons of giving wine to children. Her list of
possible pros that advocated giving wine to children was ludicrous.
I hardly know where to begin to encourage
parents to ignore this shocking justification for what I consider
potential child abuse. Would you put a cigarette in their sweet
little lips? Would you inject them with a bit of
heroin or a tiny line of cocaine. Those practices are
pleasurable and harmful as well. Or, are wino parents simply trying
to justify their own self-destructive brain-destroying behavior?
Good for the child? Antioxidants come in beautiful fruits and
vegetables eliminating the need for fancy bottles with poisonous
ingredients and expensive labels. Giving a child alcohol, no matter
how you dress it up to seem snooty,
connoisseur-ish or progressively hip, is wrong.
In my thirty years of practice, alcohol
has had a strong
presence at a multitude of
destroyed families from failed marriages and infidelity to incest
and child beatings. Alcohol combined with street drugs have killed
beautiful teenagers with their whole lives ahead of them. Adult
behaviors must be tempered with wisdom, full knowledge of the
consequences and the ability to take necessary precautions. That is
why smoking, drinking, sex, bars, driving, and military service have
age limits. They can be dangerous, even deadly and must remain
optional. The child cannot be expected to make an educated choice. A
parent supplying food and drink to a child is rarely optional for
the child. Good parents know that children can and must wait until
they are older.
People in other countries have many
backward practices that are scorned here in the States. A photograph
of a five year old boy's arm being crushed because he stole food in
a marketplace comes to mind, as does wife beating, and putting to
death female babies. Perhaps the U.S. could lead European and
other countries away from the
practice of sharing
alcohol with their children at their family celebrations rather than
to adopt the senseless practice here.
psychologists and many educated parents agree that
giving alcohol, even in small amounts can alter brain development,
is toxic and increases the likelihood of addiction the younger you
start. If a parent breaks the law and pours their child an alcoholic
drink, the child may learn to adore wine but she will also learn to
break rules whenever she wishes. Not good parenting anyway you spin
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