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ANOTHER VICE(?)

Filed at 5:47 am under by dcobranchi

First poker and now booze:

Is home schooling best for drinking?

Should parents teach children how to imbibe responsibly or stick to ‘not until you’re 21’? Even experts disagree.

It’s not a bad piece and, FWIW, that’s the route we’ve chosen. Anthony has had a sip or two of beer. He hated it (as I knew he would). But the mystery is gone now. Of course, in the US this kind of “homeschooling” is entirely illegal. The government is absolutely nuts on this, even to the point of spouting utter nonsense to support the MADD view:

The view that Europeans are better at instilling maturity about drinking, however, is hotly contested by studies compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. A 2004 paper using data from European and American surveys, which compared the drinking rates of American and European 15- and 16-year-olds, found that, with the exception of Turkey, young Europeans from 34 countries drank more and were intoxicated more often than Americans.

Well, duh! That has everything to do with the legal drinking age and nothing to do with who is better at controlling their behavior. Why not compare American 21-year-olds with their European counterparts? Right! Those results likely wouldn’t toe the MADD line. Abstinence does indeed make the heart grow fonder.

7 Responses to “ANOTHER VICE(?)”


Comment by
COD
December 31st, 2005
at 9:45 am

Does anybody like beer on first sip? I definately made a decision in high school to like beer, and keep drinking until I did.

Let me rephrase that – it was Bud, not beer 🙂


Comment by
N McV
December 31st, 2005
at 12:55 pm

In the State of New jersey, it is *not* illegal.

Parents may give their children alcohol within their own home. Not other people’s children, that’s grounds for arrest, and not in public places, liquor license or not. But at home, at the family table, it’s an old and esteemed custom.

(Some legislation to stop this was hooted down last year.)

My kids were given small glasses of wine with dinner on special occassions. Our hope was that when they were treated to their first Ripple or MD 20-20 party, they’d gasp at the atrocious taste and decline any more.

Seems to have worked. Neither is a big drinker, but alcohol is not a forbidden friut.


Comment by
Ron
December 31st, 2005
at 2:56 pm

Our kids aren’t interested in drinking. Imagine, kids growing up in an enviroment where people either don’t drink or drink responsibly. Why would they need to be ‘taught’ anything.

Chris is right on. That was what all the people (that I knew anyway) who drank in high school did.


Comment by
Tim Haas
January 1st, 2006
at 1:02 am

If Anthony’s not liking beer has, as it sounds, inoculated him somewhat, what does it mean that Alex has lately had a sip of a martini and, just tonight, peppermint schapps in his hot cocoa — and gleefully rubbed his hands together after each occasion?


Comment by
sam
January 1st, 2006
at 1:14 am

I love that this showed up right in time for New Years. We all toasted the new year together this year, and my biggest concern isn’t my young sons having a couple of sips of wine but the lesson taught when we gave it to them in little Tupperware cups. Seriously, it’s Domaine St. Michelle Cuvee Brut and a fine bottle at the price.


Comment by
speedwell
January 1st, 2006
at 12:19 pm

My mom and dad used to allow us to share their dinner wine wuth them when we got old enough (teenager age). There were rules–you were not allowed to serve yourself (you had to ask a parent to pour for you); wine did not leave the dinner table; if you wasted a glass, you got less the next time.

The option to have something else to drink (Coke, etc.) was always made available without the above restrictions. After a while all three of us kids shook off the “mystique” and went back to drinking Coke, which was what we wanted more with our spaghetti and our hamburgers anyway.

I’ve been drunk three times in my life and I was so ill two of those times, and just so silly I was ashamed of myself the third time. I simply cannot see what all the fuss is about.


Comment by
Rikki
January 3rd, 2006
at 12:07 am

ha! All three of mine had a sip of my wine on New Year’s eve. My 13 year old asked if she could have a little, so I gave her about a half a glass. The other two thought the merlot was nasty.
We didn’t play any poker though, one vice at a time ya know. 😉 We did play Disney’s Scene It!, Cranium, and Uno Attack.