I'm half Italian (grew up in USA) and as a kid little shots of wine and coffee were given to me on occasion. Actually my grandmother would give me coffee every weekend morning I'd stay with her. But just a little cup.
Unfortunately it's not a cultural stereotype. At least I can say it's something that was used to be done, and probably a widespread habit in rural areas, but nowadays, I'm not so sure. I'd say this habit has faded over the years.
It's actually interesting seeing how some of the sentences with "not respecting girls" draws critical voices, while at the same time no one has a problem with babies drinking alcohol. Not that I have, I am aware it is just a stupid sentence to allow me to learn.
This is very funny and all but can a native Dane comment on whether or not we think this is referring to drinking wine during a pregnancy? It is ambiguous in English. Also, "special effect" has positive connotations in English, is that not the case for "speciel effekt"?