I can’t have alcohol because it’s for grownups – JD, 4
See the lovely glass of wine in this pic? It’s blackcurrant cordial! Why? Well Mark and I don’t drink. That’s to say, Mark never drinks and hates the taste, and I very occasionally have a glass with a very special dinner or on a special occasion, but that’s it. Maybe one or two units a month, if that. Boring? Maybe.
JD knows vaguely what alcohol is insofar as he knows that it’s something that isn’t suitable for children, but he’s got it mixed up with ideas of fizzy drinks and caffeine, which he’s not allowed either. I haven’t had to tell him it can feel good, or alter your mood, or make you very ill yet – I don’t relish having to. And the thought of Miss J rolling in tipsy from a teenage night out – EEEK!
Of course, there will come a day when they start asking more questions about it, and I want to be prepared. I want to have good, sensible answers that equip them to make their own sensible decisions when I can no longer have eyes on them 24 hours a day.
That’s why I’m happy to introduce this video to you from Drink Aware. It gives you a bit of a ‘practice run’ into talking with your child about drinking, shows how awkward it is, and raises some interesting questions.
According to Drink Aware’s “children and alcohol” microsite, the majority of children aged 9-17 would turn to their parents first for information and advice on drinking alcohol.
How did you deal with it when your child first showed an interest in drinking? And how old were they when you let them have their first sip?
Disclosure: this post has been sponsored by Drink Aware, but all thoughts and words are my own.