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At what age should I allow my child to drink?

There is no age at which it is considered normal for a child to try an alcoholic beverage.

Some parents allow their children to try a little alcohol with them on special occasions; others prefer not to.
There is evidence showing that drinking at an earlier age increases the possibility of alcohol-related problems.
Other studies, however, show that young people introduced to alcohol at home, with appropriate parental roles, are less likely to consume large amounts of alcohol and more likely to become responsible consumers of alcohol.
However, it's up to you to decide whether and how much your child can drink at home. Whatever you decide, stick to your decision and make sure your child understands why drinking alcohol can be dangerous.
They should also know that there are laws restricting the age at which one can buy and drink alcohol. Just because adults are drinking alcohol at home, children should understand they can't automatically do the same.