Not meaning to stir up a morality debate, I just have good friends who allow thier 15 year old daughter to drink alcohol when they visit all inclusives in Mexico. One evening was spent cleaning her up after too many white russians!! They are not this permissive at home. I have two teens who understand that underage drinking is against the law period. What about the rest of you?

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Aug 17th, 2004, 01:48 PM
this probably will start a debate! I grew up in Germany, and always had a sip of my parents wine, and they never drank very much, no big deal.I let my 17 3/4 year old son have a margarita or a beer with us at dinner in Mex. recently, though he doesn't drink at home. But we didn't stay at an AI, and so never had more than 1 drink in an evening...I could see how teens at an all inclusive could go overboard quickly~!

Aug 17th, 2004, 02:11 PM
It seems to me that there is a huge difference between allowing a teen to have a glass or wine or one drink at dinner and letting them all evening at the disco. I guess the legality of it doesn't bother me as much as it just not seeming right to allow your teen to become intoxicated. Jean

I let my kids at 17 and 18 drink in extreme moderation and under our supervision in restaurants in Mexico if they want to. One thing to consider- drinking ages are set locally in Mexico and it is conceivable, although not likely, that you could run into a legal problem. In most places the law is 18.
What is the mixed message being sent to these kids? "We don't allow you to become falling down drunk at home - not because its harmful - but because THE LAW won't allow us to". So in a country that doesn't think it neccessary to regulate the common sense of its citizens (maybe because they have some of their own), "its o.k - knock yourself out" (literally). And don't even get me started on American tourist embarassing behavior in foreign countries.

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lightfoot: It's a culture thing and I think it's one thing to allow one drink or a sip and another to allow drunkenness. Those 2 don't even compare.My parents (my stepdad from Belgium, my mom from Haiti) let me drink wine with other dinner guests. It was not considered wrong and it was no big deal. And by the way, it never resulted in me having a drinking problem. I still enjoy an occasional glass of wine at age 34.
My husband (an American) was never allowed to drink since it's illegal in the U.S. Well, he made up for it in college and it became a problem (He doesn't drink at all anymore).We have a 2-year-old and you just made me realize my husband and I never discussed this. Hmm...It will be interesting to hear his opinion on it.Long story on my part to tell you that I think when you forbid kids from doing something, you only make them want to do it.Just my personal opinion.