Children and Alcohol

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    When I lived in Europe, things were different. On special occasions, I would allow my children to have a small glass of wine or champagne with a meal (Christmas, or birthdays - that sort of thing).

    Now in America, I have a feeling that if I continue to try and educate my children about alcohol, it's going to cause trouble.

    What;s the official line on kids and alcohol in the US., and do you agree with it? :confused:
     
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    I think a sip of wine on special occasions is ok. I think you may be thinking of parents who throw parties and serve beer and hard liquor to underage kids. That is completely irresponsible.

    Also allowing them once in while to sip your wine or beer lets the kids know that it isn't "forbidden" and that it is ok to drink responsibly.

    I happen to like red wine and the kids see me drinking a glass almost every night. I tell them, part of the reason I drink it is because of the wine's protective effect on the heart. But, I haven't let them have their own glass yet. Perhaps in a year or two.

    The key is to show the kids that you drink in moderation and that you're not drinking to get tipsy or drunk. That's my 2 cents.
     
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    introduce a minor to etoh in AmeriKa? are you insane?
     
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    Actually, what triggered it was a U of M professor who took his kid to his first baseball game.

    The kid wanted a drink, so the guy bought him a drink from a stand that said LEMONADE. What he didn't see was the words "Mike's hard" in small type in front of "LEMONADE". As soon as the kid put the cup to his mouth, the cops descended and the kid was in the care of the court system for 2 days.

    Fucked up if you ask me.
     
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    revenue if you ask me, here any kid with any measureable bac gets hammered for about $1000 in court and course fees

    but hey, sharks eat their young too right?
     
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    If you say so, but I'm guessing you're drawing a parallel here. If so, can you dispense with the parallels and express it in simple terms for simple people (like me)?
    :confused:
     
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    Yeah, that's the phrase I would use. I can't believe what I'm hearing. Sounds like a complete mistake. The sign wasn't explicit enough.

    I'm not saying it was intentional, but had it been, it is definitely child abuse and the cops swarming in is not a bad thing.

    A homecare attendant that I knew who came from one of the Islands didn't understand the nuances of our laws and took out a belt to strike her 8 year old daughter on the subway. The police came and took her away immediately and she had a tough time getting her daughter back.

    Children know that they can call 911 and tell the police they have been hit and there will be serious trouble for the parent.

    If you are giving wine or champagne to your kids for the holidays, it would not be a good idea to make this known. People always think that they know better than you.
     
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    Having worked with alcoholics for years I highly recommend your advice.
     
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    i'm drinking some scotch to get tipsy and/or drunk.
     
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    I highly recommend that too.
     
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