Restricting alcohol 'makes it more desirable'

Placing restrictions on alcohol makes it "more desirable" so children should be given the occasional small sip of wine or beer so it loses its allure, a mother of two told Good Morning Britain.

Bea Marshal admitted to giving her eight and nine-year-old boys a sip of wine at dinner if they asked for it as it was a common reaction to naturally want to drink more if alcohol was forbidden.

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1/4 parents 'give children alcohol at end of exams'

Almost a quarter of parents will give their child alcohol to celebrate the end of the exams this summer, according to a Drinkaware survey. The alcohol charity warned 14-17-year-olds would consume nine units of alcohol in post-exam celebrations.