We all know that the US the do not look fondly on alcohol, when D.A.R.E came around in 6th grade I was shocked that they included alcohol in the same catergory as illegal drugs. In Europe and other parts of the world you start drinking when you are young. I remember at my boarding school in the UK, when we used to have a house supper, the teachers would pour all students a small glass of wine and we where 8-13 year olds. When I came to University over here our accounting teacher gave us an assignment on the first day, however it was not so bad as the person who handed in the best paper got a bottle of bubbly! Now that is a way to enthuse students!
My parents being British had a very different philosophy then most US parents when it came to drinking. My parents told me drinking is fine but there is a time and a place, if you have to drive home or have something to do the next day it is not the time! But when I went to parties over in the US, my parents where fine about me drinking aslong as I either walked home, or got a taxi (which they would pay for). Now back in England my parents are as cool as ever. It was the last day of term today, and my dad called me as they are coming over tomorrow, I told him he was very lucky to catch me as I was just off to the pub, when we where saying good bye, his last comment was don't drink so much you forget us tommorrow (I am going to LHR to meet them), which i highly doubt the majority of the US parents would say.
Do you think if the US was more relaxed about drinking there would be less DUI's and drunk driving accidents. I know most of my friends work around their parents to when drinking which seems the worst way to educate your child about alcohol.
Any one care to comment?