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    Geez this is going to make my family look bad, but here goes......

    I grew up in a European household and alcohol was a way of life. Visitors would come over and they would be offered a range of food and drinks (especially home made spirits) and it was deemed a fairly culturally normal thing for us as kids. Alcohol wasnt seen in a bad way and was always used in a way of celebration. It was also never abused and consumed into excessiveness but it was definitely apart of everyday life and us kids started to consume wine with dinner in our early teens as it was seen as the normal European thing to do.

    Now, we always have wine or scotch or some form of spirits in our house, DH and I are both European so it was just a normal thing for us. Neither of us a massive drinkers, he can binge on occasion though. We dont have children yet so the alcohol in the house may change. One thing is for sure they wont be drinking at the young age that we were.

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    We're European background, I think culture also has impact. My parents would have a drink if ppl were over, mum only occasionally, dad sometimes in the evening beer/wine. Never saw either of them drunk. Kids could have a sip to try whatever, from parents glass, it wasn't a big deal, I think the attitude was let them try it at home and they won't get plastered when they go out on their own- not saying that's accurate at all just that that's the way it was looked at.
    I'm not a big drinker last time I had a drink was a few mths ago, a glass of wine on my b'day. DH will occasionally have a beer after work. My kids have never seen either of us drunk. I have let the older one have a sip of beer/wine which she hated and never has again.

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    There was alot of alcohol in our house growing up... Very dysfunctional.

    We don't really drink much in our house now. I spent some time in AA because I thought I was an alcoholic, learnt I just overthink things. And now DH and I will have a cider or two once a week or fortnight and I haven't been drunk in a looong time...

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    My Mum has been a non drinker since I was born, my Dad had beers once in a blue moon at family bbq etx. I grew up to be a non drinker who doesn't understand the culture or necessity of alcoholic drinks

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    I come from a European background, so alcohol was always around.

    My dear dad consumed it way to much and was a terrible alcoholic, where as my mum never drank.

    We drink wine here regularly. I really enjoy a wine or two

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    My parents were both alcoholics, my mum still is, I don't have contact with my dad. When my friends were getting to the age where it was cool to drink I was very blasé about it as I had been around it forever. It was something I associated with fights. I was allowed to drink if I wanted to, and it wasn't monitored (hard for my mum to monitor it when she is passed out on the floor!) Seeing my mum go to rehab 5+ times and losing friends and family due to her drinking has made me swear my children will never ever go through that! DH & I drink when we go out but we very rarely drink at home. So complete opposite from what I grew up around!

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    Don't remember as a young child. 10+ we would fetch beers for various family members SD would have a beer or 2 after work mum would join him most of the time. They would get a cheery over the football game or at a BBQ. Only got plastered randomly and they did it responsibly and they were never ever aggressive. My brothers all drink the same way. I've don't really drink that much (given I've been pregnant and or breastfeeding for the past 6 years) hubby will have the odd drink but he is not keen on it that much. We enjoy it but it's not a regular thing and we never get drunk.

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    When my parents were together they didn't drink.

    Once they split up mum became a raging alcoholic and dad still didn't touch a drop...

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    Default "spin off" what was the alcohol culture in your home

    Forgot to say we were allowed to drink from an early age, shandys and progressively more alcoholic drinks. I actually drank my way through yrs 8&9 cast wine in the drink bottle trying to blank out how crap my life was/had been.

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    Default "spin off" what was the alcohol culture in your home

    My Mum never drank alcohol while I was growing up (but has the odd wine nowadays). My Dad drank beer or wine some nights. I have never seen my Mum drunk. I saw Dad drunk for the first time ever about two weeks ago, it was hilarious.

    DH and I are winos We really appreciate a good drop and have wine most nights. We enjoy craft beer now and then too.


 

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