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Young middle-class children more likely to try alcohol

16th April 2012

Researchers have said that middle class children have the highest likelihood of having tried alcohol compared with other social groups.

Over a third of children in "professional households" had consumed a full glass of an alcoholic drink before the age of 12. Chris Sorek, the chief executive of the charity Drinkaware, who carried out the research, said: "These children who are drinking at the age of 12 are not walking into a pub to buy a pint, and they are not getting alcohol from off-licenses. In the main, they are drinking at home, because their parents think teenage drinking is inevitable, and think that this might be the way to introduce it sensitively."

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