Can I give my teenager a glass of wine at dinner?

When I was in high school, my parents let me have a glass of wine (just one drink) at dinner in our house. I turned out OK. What do YOU think? Should I be letting my teenagers have a glass of wine now-and-then?

asked 28 Jun '12, 19:36

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Responsibility and respect are key in determining what is OK at the dinner table. A single glass of wine never hurt anyone. But boundaries need to be set; a mutual understanding that the wine is meant for a complimentary taste that is part of the meal and not something that is abused.

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answered 02 Jul '12, 23:34

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In several countries, such as Italy and France, it is commonplace for even children to share a glass of wine at the dinner table. Their culture embraces the notion of wine being part of the meal. When this is established at a young age, the family can feel comfortable in knowing the kids are accountable. In my experiences it is better to teach adolescents to drink responsibly at a young age compared to strictly refusing them until they are 21 year old adults. That way the youngin' has a foundation of knowledge and limitations they can carry into adulthood.

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answered 02 Jul '12, 23:51

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