Underage Drinking

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-27-2005
Underage Drinking
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Mon, 02-18-2013 - 8:02am

We have friends who find nothing wrong with allowing their 16 year olds to drink. They allow them to have beer pong parties with their friends (because they are doing it in their home) and allow them to try different types of wines (In their words "to make them a connoisseur of wine").

We find this unacceptable as if they are doing it at home, you know they are doing it elsewhere and these kids are able to drive now so I can not believe that none of them ever drive home drunk.

What does everyone think of this?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-27-2005
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:18pm
Still, I would not be happy with my child's school for allowing this to happen. Is there security on campus at all times?
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:19pm
Actually, this kid doesn't go to dances and isn't much for parties, either. He's told me he has been places where alcohol is available, but isn't interested in breaking the trust of the parents whose home he's a guest in.
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:20pm

I don't think I feel comfortable discussing the details of the specific security arrangments at a school none of my kids even attend anymore online. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-27-2005
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:21pm
So he has never tried alcohol (not sure if you have allowed it in your home) out of your home (anyplace not just someone's home)?
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-27-2005
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:22pm
I would be too if there was a lack of it. Very scary.
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:24pm

He has never had alcohol in a setting where drinking that alcohol would be illegal.  He's thinking of a military career and doesn't want to screw up his chances.  They're pretty strict for the MOS he's interested in.  Any kind of alcohol arrest, or something like getting arrested for something as small as, oh, say petit larceny -- would adversly affect or even ruin his chances of the career he's interested in.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:25pm
Well, luckily not all of us have to live in fear all the time.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-27-2005
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:25pm
Well good for him. I guess you mean you have allowed him to drink at home. Thanks for the clarification.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-27-2005
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:26pm
I guess you live outside of the United States and have not heard any about school shootings in the last few months? Lucky you.
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 6:33pm

No, never have allowed him to drink at home.  He's not even asked.  I do use alcohol in cooking and baking, so I can't say he's never had alcohol at home.

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