Give kids a taste of booze in the home

POLICE are concerned parents are encouraging underage drinking by supplying their children with alcohol to drink on the streets. In the advice police issued to parents in last week s Comet, nowhere did it say parents should encourage moderate and controll

POLICE are concerned parents are encouraging underage drinking by supplying their children with alcohol to drink on the streets.

In the advice police issued to parents in last week's Comet, nowhere did it say parents should encourage moderate and controlled drinking in the home, allowing their children to have the occasional drink when they are in their parents' company.

I think the problem with youngsters' binge drinking and drinking in public stems from parents failing to introduce alcohol to their children in a sensible manner.

Children want what they can't have, and if something is completely taboo it is made all the more appealing.

Youngsters, particularly those in their mid-teens, should be permitted to drink the occasional glass of wine with their dinner, or sup the odd beer while watching TV.

Those parents who are supplying alcohol for their children to drink on the streets are irresponsible, but those parents who do not allow their children to drink at all are also irresponsible.