Underage Drinking

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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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Registered: 12-29-1999
Tue, 02-19-2013 - 4:59pm

Judgey, much? I drank a bit in high school. I had/have AWESOME parents. I also had 21 year old friends (in HS I worked w/several) who would buy me alcohol where I worked. My actions were hardly a reflection of crappy parenting or loose morals. They were the actions of a fairly typical teen. I drank responsibly, never drove after drinking (or rode with someone who drank) and never to excess. In hindsight, it was all rather harmless--b/c there was no way I was going to get pukey drunk and go home to my parents like that.

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Registered: 04-27-2005
Tue, 02-19-2013 - 5:00pm
Yes, one of my friends friend was killed in a DWI (the underage kid was drunk who was driving who died) (this person was not drinking in their home but WAS drinking underage where ever they were). Do you find these stories to be unusual?
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Registered: 04-27-2005
Tue, 02-19-2013 - 5:01pm
Well then you are very naive. I pray your daughter doesn't drink and drive as well as her friends whose parents find this perfectly ok too.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-27-2005
Tue, 02-19-2013 - 5:02pm
I know my state. I have no reason to research other states but others on this thread have stated that it is legal in their state.
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Registered: 04-27-2005
Tue, 02-19-2013 - 5:03pm
That doesn't mean that they won't get out of control with the drinking out of your site.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-27-2005
Tue, 02-19-2013 - 5:04pm
You can fully trust your child and it can still happen. It is naive to think your child will do everything you have taught them out of your site.
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Registered: 06-27-1998
Tue, 02-19-2013 - 5:05pm

hazeleyes2005 wrote:
Yes, one of my friends friend was killed in a DWI (the underage kid was drunk who was driving who died) (this person was not drinking in their home but WAS drinking underage where ever they were). Do you find these stories to be unusual?

So these were all uninvolved parents who wanted to be friends with their kids instead of parents and allowed drinking in their home?

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Tue, 02-19-2013 - 5:06pm

hazeleyes2005 wrote:
Well then you are very naive. I pray your daughter doesn't drink and drive as well as her friends whose parents find this perfectly ok too.

Perfectly okay to drink in a legal manner?  Why wouldn't that be perfectly okay?

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 04-27-2005
Tue, 02-19-2013 - 5:06pm
I don't have to see it to be able to know what goes on. Open your local newspaper or news. Again, read my comments as I didn't say that.
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Registered: 04-27-2005
Tue, 02-19-2013 - 5:07pm
Obviously they weren't watching them at all.

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