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Doctor Says Keep Your Kids Away From Holiday Cheer

It’s been part of the holidays for years, but medical experts say it shouldn’t be. Letting your under age child enjoy a little bit of alcohol, or even just partake in a holiday toast…

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Doctor Christina Lasich with Western Sierra Medical Clinic says a human’s brian actually isn’t fully developed until age 25, and children who have even a sip of alcohol before sixth grade are five times more likely to have a full drink by the time they enter high school. Lasich says some options include not drinking any alcohol yourself and being a role model, or making so-called ‘mock-tails’ or non-alcoholic drinks. Another thing is to just keep kids occupied…

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Lasich says teens who drink teens who drink are more likely to commit or be the victim of violence, and often experience stress, depression, and sometimes even suicidal thoughts.

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