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Original post made by don't touch the stuff until you're 21, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 4, 2011

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Don't trust a study like that because cultures are very different.

Australian culture in regards to alcohol is something I know little about, but Europeans do drink regularly with their kids and the drinking age is lower than here.

By the time the average American is 21, they are away at college and away from parental supervision with alcohol. It makes much more sense to have shown your kids how to drink responsibly before they leave home. College keg parties are infamous and overdrinking is rampant in many of our colleges.

We are not talking about 8th graders of course, but 17 and 18 year olds who will be leaving home within a year or so. A glass of wine with dinner or a beer while watching a sportsgame on tv with parents doing the same is setting a good example. Plying your teen with alcohol before they go to the prom is a bad example.

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Posted by Hunter
a resident of Midtown
on May 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Thanks for posting that story. I think it can be a tough lesson to teach, but its worthwhile hammering home that you can still have a great time being around your friends without drinking. I think this "well they are going to do it anyway so we might as well keep them safe" attitude is understandable, but you miss a chance to teach some really important lessons like valuing friends and good times while sober.

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