Avera Medical Minute: R-Rated Movies & Underage Drinking Live 4/27/10
New Study: Kids between the ages of 10 and 14 who watch R-rated movies are more likely to drink alcohol.
Any moms and dads control what their kids watch for lots of reasons, but could r-rated movies lead to your kids drinking or even alcoholism? A new study from Dartmouth shows a link between the two. Dr. Jennifer McKay from Avera McKennan Hospital explains the study.
Researchers conducted a study of more 2,400 children, ages 10 to 14-years-old, whose parents allowed them to view R-rated movies frequently. Almost a quarter of the children studied confessed to having tried alcohol behind their parents back. Other studies show that the earlier kids try alcohol, the greater the chances of them becoming alcoholics later in life.