Obviously this little girl wont be guzzling back wine anytime soon, but I was surprised to learn recently that there is no law against children drinking in the family home with their parents’ consent. That’s right, it is completely legal for parents to allow their children, no matter how young, to consume alcohol at home. We can’t smack them as we can’t be trusted not to hurt them, but no worries about giving them all the booze we like.
What isn’t news to me is that somewhere in the process of growing up, the transition from gorgeous baby to drunk teenager more than often happens. I know it did for me and many of my peers. So, is the solution to do as the French do and make wine more a part of daily life, perhaps allowing kids to have a diluted drink with their evening meal? Would this make alcohol less rebellious later, and therefore less appealing? My own suspicion is that we would still have binge drinking and teenagers plastered because the causes are more complex and pretty entrenched in our culture. What do you reckon? What age should a parent let their kids have a wine with them?