New study gives a glimpse into how mothers feel about allowing their young children to take a sip of alcohol.
Researchers interviewed more than 1,000 mothers and asked about whether they think giving a child a sip of their drink was o.k., and if so, why?
The scientists say between 15 and 40% of the mothers felt allowing their young children to sip alcohol would help protect them from risky drinking behaviors later in life.
The researchers say alcohol use was later reported by 32.8% of the children of mothers in the study who allowed sips of alcohol.
Ultimately, the scientists believe more research is needed to understand how parents develop the beliefs.
The study was published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.