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    No recollection, it was always there and we were allowed sips. We got our own glass with dinner or parties at 12.

    I haven't drunk any alcohol since I was 18.

    My brother at 8 got alcohol poisoning at our uncles wedding, they caterer put bubbly on the kids table and kept replacing it as they drunk it. Everyone else assumed it was sparkling grape juice.

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    I was about 12 when mum let me have a sip of her west cost cooler (I think that's what they were called)

    But my first proper drink was at 16 as I moved out of home with friends to be closer to school. I never liked the taste though and to this day I don't really drink at all. The odd wine or cider here and there but thats all.

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    Sips, I can't remember. Started drinking socially from about 13/14, my parents knew (never bought for me, but knew I drank) from about 15-16. I was relatively responsible and had good friends- one of us was always responsible enough to keep us fairly safe. I say fairly, I think back to some nights and shudder

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    I was 18 when I had my first drink (champagne and OJ at a wedding).

    My dad drank, not lots, just a beer after work or at BBQs, my mum didn't really drink. They didn't encourage us to try or taste but weren't disapproving of drinking either.

    Hmm, based on the responses of this thread I'm not sure what the right strategy is for kids. Seems like if you let them drink young they end up in trouble early and it's your fault, but if you don't and are too strict they end up rebelling and it's your fault

    I think there's some research showing that the earlier a kid has their first drink the more likely they are to have problem drinking or binge drinking early in life? I think for my kids I would allow them to have a taste (so they decide it tastes horrible lol!), but not a full drink until at least 16, preferrably 18, depends on what they are like.

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    My mum gave me a baileys when I was 16.5 on Christmas eve. The next drink was she brought me some west coast coolers to take to a birthday party the following December (17.5) it was supervised by my friends parents who were allowing alcohol for their dd. next time was mum brought me a small bottle of Tia Maria for my friends 18th party which was 6 days before I turned 18.

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    Probably 15 or 16.

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    I had my first few sips of beer at the tender age of 5. My first bottle was at 14 when my brother bought me a Vodka Cruzer. I won't be letting my children have sips of alcohol at 5, that's for sure!

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    Around 12 I was allowed a glass of champagne on special occasions. At 15 I was drinking with mates almost every weekend. My parents refused to buy me alcohol but knew I drank. At parties they would always drop me off and pick me up by midnight.

    When DD is older I expect she will drink and I would prefer to purchase the alcohol for her so I know what she is having. We used to get bottles of vodka and skull it because the aim of the game was to get drunk - in retrospect it was incredibly dangerous and I don't want her doing that.

    I will also encourage her to have any parties/gatherings at our house with a small group of friends so that I can supervise without cramping her style.

    I figure it's going to happen- it's my job to have it happen as safely as possible.

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    had sips of mums beer or wine as a 5 year old haha but wouldn't haveeven called it a sip as I hated the taste

    started actual drinking at 14-15 ish with friends, mum starte being fine with me drinking from 16 and shed buy it as she rather knew what I was going and drinkingthan me sneaking around

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly View Post
    As the title says - was just reading some of the responses to the "what age would you let your children have wine/spritzer at dinner" and I noticed quite a few responses said 16/18/never.

    I had my first drinking night at 14, with my older brother & sister. Pretty sure mum never knew about it. Then I started going to party's and drinking more when I was 16. Again, mum had no idea.

    How old we're you when you started drinking? And with that in mind, will it affect how you deal with alcohol and your children?
    I had a 16 birthday party with just family and a few close friends. Mum let me have a few UDL cans that night. She said she would rather me drink at home where she could monitor me than be out drinking with god knows who god knows where. So it started from there, I didn't turn me into an out of control drinker. Went through the nightclubbing drunken stage after I moved out of home for a year or so (soon moved back home, too expensive and realised how good I had it lol) but then I drank in moderation and now drink rarely.
    Not sure how I will approach it with my kids... not something I want to think about just yet


 

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