Personally I can take alcohol or leave it and I do think that not having it readily available in the house helps in the long term. I have never stopped my children from trying alcohol but have made sure that they know how to keep safe if they do drink. I think the age range of 10 – 13 years is a good time to start discussing alcohol use with children, Grotbags hates drink at the moment as she will not drink anything other than milk and water but as I am well aware this can change when children hit their teenage years. On our recent holiday Grotbags wanted to try my cocktail, I didn’t stop her because I feel that by doing this it encourages children to want something even more, nevertheless she tried it and hated it which I was so glad about.
I am a member of the Mumsnet Blogger Network Research Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.