My husband is becoming an amateur wine conoisseur, and has been offering tastes to my kids. One of my teens has become quite interested in whatever we are sampling.
This makes me uncomfortable. Should she be enjoying alcohol, even it's just a taste, at this age? Does wine become a gateway to harder drinks?
It's been an interesting change of attitude for my teenager. She was appalled a few years ago when we started sampling wines, having absorbed the message, beaten into her head in school, that alcohol was a horrible product associated with drunk driving. Now that she's getting older, I hope she learns that wine is acceptable in a glass with dinner, but not in excess at the high school parties I'm sure she will experience.
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