Here’s What Alcohol Advertising Does To Kids

Here’s What Alcohol Advertising Does To Kids

Booze ads reach kids far younger than the legal drinking age

This story was originally published by Time

Alcohol ads continue to reach those who are under the legal drinking age.

Alcohol advertising that reaches children and young adults helps lead them to drink for the first time—or, if they’re experienced underage drinkers, to drink more, according to a study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

“It’s very strong evidence that underage drinkers are not only exposed to the television advertising, but they also assimilate the messages,” says James D. Sargent, MD, study author and professor of pediatrics at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. “That process moves them forward in their drinking behavior.”

The study found that young people were only slightly less likely than their older counterparts to have seen an alcohol ad.

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