From the September 1973 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Symbol of Having Fun

Giving children a kiddie cocktail--a nonalcoholic drink of ginger ale, grenadine, and Maraschino cherry juice, which simulates the appearance of an adult cocktail and is sometimes served to children in restaurants--may lead to early alcoholic drinking, says consulting psychologist Dr. Philip Reidda.

The kiddie cocktail encourages children to adopt an adult habit, drinking, in order to gain adult approval, says Dr. Reidda of Elk Grove Village, near Chicago. Starting to drink at an early age in imitation of adults is frequently the pattern reported by skid-row alcoholics.

-- Press

Long Island, New York

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