A large percentage of children had their first sips of alcohol at home with their parents, but it does not seem to affect their drinking behavior later on.
After interviewing hundreds of 8-10 year-olds and their parents, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found nearly 40 percent had sipped or tasted alcoholic beverages. Only six percent said they had a drink of alcohol.
The majority of children sipped alcohol during a religious service or while with the family, rather than with friends or alone.
Researchers could not find a link between young children sipping alcohol and delinquent behavior, but say more studies on the long term effects should be done.
The study showed children were more likely to have tasted alcohol when their parents were drinkers themselves.