In Europe, it is very popular to drink a glass of wine with dinner on a Sunday night at the age of just 12 and 13. My parents did this, just a tiny glass of red wine on the weekends, started when I was around 15. I feel like now I will always have more respect for alcohol, and as a teenager I never craved it the way most other teens did. What do you guys think?
- That's illegal and stupidVote A
- That's perfectly rational in small quantitiesVote B
- Kids should be allowed to drink till they get hungoverVote C
Most Helpful Guy
When I lived in New York, I had two exchange students from Europe who were 18. The first one, he was French. I asked him if he drank wine with his family. He said "Yes", so I let him drink wine with my wife and I and we drank it at dinner. It was against the rules of the organization governing the exchange student program, but I understood that they needed 21 for legal reasons. While I understood, I also thought it was bullshit. As long as his drinking was in our home with us in attendance to supervise, I felt he shouldn't have to change a major cultural habit. Besides, yes, he came to the USA to learn to speak English and to learn a bit about America, but we also get to learn about his culture and drinking wine with kids at dinner is common in Europe. Besides, though, when I was 18, the drinking age in New York was 18, so how is that something I did was legal and not be legal for him now? Was there this major change in human physiology? No, of course not. The drinking age was raised by states to secure Federal highway funds that they'd miss out without raising the drinking age. Furthermore, the drinking age is raised to help prevent drunk driving from irresponsible kids. Well, neither of my exchange students could drive in the US nor have a car to even drive. So, the bottom line for us is that this was a private family matter in our home and we chose to let our students get the opportunity to be responsible adults with alcohol and continue to live like they did in Europe.0
Most Helpful Girl
Errr... yeah, waiters have been wanting to pour wine for me since I was 14 whenever we went out for a family dinner. I always declined, because I got to try a sip of beer, cognac and wine when I was even younger and it forever killed my curiosity and desire to have any alcohol... until I discovered alcopops and cocktails.
Still, I don't believe it works for everyone. For example, my sister enjoys (binge) drinking, even though she had the same "treatment".1