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By Anonymous / Saturday 1 October 2011 02:18 / United Kingdom
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  perdix  |  29

Not all parents are role models. Lots of us are cautionary tales. It's not hypocrisy to tell your kid, "Do you want to become an old drunk like me?" Focus on the message and not the messenger. Your dad knows the evils of alcohol first-hand (and concurrently), and he's trying to steer you away from the path he has taken. By the way, was it that famous Canadian tequila?

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  abbyelizabeth  |  9

Sure, it's ironic but unless he was completely shit-faced, I don't see a problem. If your really young like 15, (because yes, I understand people drink in HS) your dad is completely correct. You shouldn't have been drinking in the first place.

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  Keyman1212  |  14

If your father has only one drink, his breath will still smell of alcohol. OP, your father is over the legal drinking age, he can drink. If you are a minor, he has every right to lecture you, and he isn't being a hypocrite for doing that. And I think he's more concerned with you out being drunk, than being drunk at home.

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  dre_bro11  |  12

Not everyone looks at their parents and decides they're going to be exactly like them. I know for me my parents do some stuff I don't particularly agree with, but that's their choice, I just make the decision to not let that factor become an influence on me. In the end, it is always, to some degree, up to the individual to choose how they want to live their live.

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  ShroomsOnAcid  |  15

22, Age has little to do with whether you "should" be drinking or not. Your body does not magically acquire an anti-alcohol, protective shield when you turn 21. It's just a law. It's going to harm you no matter what age you are.

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  rattusrattus  |  18

OP is from the UK. The drinking age is 18 here. It's really not uncommon for people to live at home into their early 20s, what with university and the fact that there are next to no starter homes on the housing market. Also, the drinking age of at-home-with-parents is really young. It's not uncommon for older teens (16+) to have alcohol at parties and as long as nothing gets broken and no-one gets hurt many parents turn a blind eye beyond "you know the drinking age is 18 sweetie". The concept of an alcohol-induced anti-alcohol speech is highly amusing to me thought.

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  reborne  |  8

While the legal drinking age over here is 18 this only applies to the purchase and consumption of alcohol - at 16 you can legally drink beer, lager, cider, wine etc (not spirits) in a licensed premises (eg pub, hotel) if you are a) having the drink with a meal and b) with a responsible adult doing the same. There is NO legal minimum age for drinking alcohol in the house - though obviously if you give a 5 year old alcohol don't be surprised if social services get involved when he starts boasting at school. Personally I'm a lot happier allowing my 16-year old to drink occasionally in the house rather than have her outside drinking Strongbow in the local park like a chav - it gives parents an opportunity to educate the kids about abusing it. When I lived in the States I thought it was ridiculous that parents I knew didn't even give their kids a glass of wine on special events like xmas dinner or thanksgiving. It's part of growing up here.

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