Even young children know that alcohol is not a drink like others. You can explain very early to your child that alcohol is a drink reserved for adults. Your child grows up, and the conversations about alcohol consumption multiply during family gatherings, in movies, Youtube videos, etc. “What do you think about…?” “Do you think it’s normal that…? “
As soon as your child starts to go out, he/she must know the effects and risks of alcohol. You can talk about it and suggest to visit ciao.ch for example. Your child must know what you expect from him or her. Your son or daughter must know the rules regarding alcohol.
If your child just wants to experiment:
- to young children, you should refuse and tell them that alcohol is not suitable for them;
- starting around age 12, you can give them a sip of alcohol once from an adult’s glass, just for them to try. The more teenagers wait before drinking alcohol, the more their brain will be able to handle it.