Do You Serve Your Children Alcohol at Home?

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In France, many children drink alcohol at home. Credit: Martin Bernetti, AFP/Getty Images

The Wall Street Journal has a story where they wonder if parents should "teach their teens how to drink responsibly."

I guess "Just Say No" is too retro.

In France, kids drink wine when they are relatively young. (Of course, they also eat snails, but whatever.) So it's not unheard of. There are even health benefits to wine.

Then the Journal offers up some disturbing statistics. "Nearly 6 percent of 12- to 14-year-olds -- some 700,000 middle-schoolers–drank alcohol in the past month. Nearly 45 percent of them got it for free at home and 16 percent were served by a parent or guardian," according to a recent study. I don't know about you, but when I read stats like those, it makes me want a drink. (Just kidding. Sort of.)

So what do you do? Do you serve your children alcohol at home? Or if the kids ask for a glass of vino, do you just say no?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.