Some parents allow their children to try a little alcohol with them on special occasions; Others prefer not to. There is some evidence that drinking alcohol at an earlier age increases the likelihood of alcohol-related harm later on, but other studies show that young people who drink moderately at home, with good parental role models, are less likely to binge on and more likely to develop moderate drinking habits. Keep in mind that there is a difference between swallowing on special occasions and drinking whole drinks, so the UK`s chief medical officers recommend that parents not allow their children to drink alcohol at home until they are 15. Whatever you decide, stick to your guns and make sure your child understands why it can be dangerous for young people to drink. Be prepared to say NO if you feel uncomfortable with party situations and set ground rules. Children should also be aware that there are laws that limit the age at which you can buy and drink alcohol. With older teenagers, you need to strike a balance: you need to warn them of the dangers and make them aware of the law; But also to say that they can enjoy moderate social consumption when they are adults if they want to. The important thing is to focus on the facts and give your child the knowledge and skills to avoid the dangers associated with alcohol. Regular alcohol consumption in childhood and early adulthood can cause permanent brain and liver damage to these developing organs. It has also been shown to affect some young people`s performance in school, which can negatively impact their potential throughout their lives.10,11 People who drink regularly at a young age are also more likely to have alcohol-related problems than adults.12 It is illegal to give alcohol to children under the age of 5. The UK`s chief medical officer recommends that an alcohol-free childhood should be the healthiest, but if children drink from minors, it shouldn`t be until the age of 15. Being in conflict with the law because of alcohol use could be a sign that a young person needs support. In North America, the legal drinking age and the legal drinking age range from 18 to 21: alcohol consumption varies considerably from country to country, as does the legal drinking age.
In the United States, you must be at least 21 years of age or older to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages (with some exceptions in some jurisdictions). Surprisingly, this is one of the highest ages in the world to drink. To the north of the United States is Canada, which has a legal drinking age of 18 to 19, and the legal drinking age is much lower in many other countries. In fact, some countries don`t have a minimum drinking age (although there may be a minimum age to buy alcohol) – although the vast majority of these countries still have laws on the age you need to have to buy alcoholic beverages. Conversely, in some countries (usually under strict Muslim rule), alcohol consumption is completely prohibited. In the 1970s, provincial and state policymakers in Canada and the United States switched to lower MLDAs (set at 21 in most provinces, territories and states) to coincide with the age of judicial majority – usually 18. As a result, MLDAs have been reduced in all Canadian provinces [and] in more than half of U.S. states. In Canada, however, two provinces, Ontario (1979) and Saskatchewan (1976), rapidly increased their subsequent AOMLs from ages 18 to 19 in response to some studies showing a link between lowering the drinking age and increasing alcohol-related harms among adolescents and young adults, including increases in motor vehicle crashes and alcohol poisoning among high school students.
Following the reduction of AMRs in the United States, research conducted in several states provided convincing evidence of a sharp increase in fatal and non-fatal traffic accident rates that occurred immediately after the introduction of a lower age for drinking. These scientific discoveries increased public pressure on legislators to increase MLDAs, and in response, the federal government introduced the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984, which required a reduction in highway funding for states if they did not increase their MLDA to 21. All states complied and introduced a 21-year MLDA in 1988.  Persons under the age of 18 who consume alcohol illegally are also subject to a criminal record or fine. There are good reasons why buying alcohol is illegal for people under the age of 18. Alcohol can be harmful to children and adolescents, with health risks such as acute alcohol poisoning, an increased risk of violence, and damage to developing organs such as the brain and liver.1,2 In Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, the legal drinking age and the legal purchasing age range from 0 to 20 years (see chart below). In South America in particular, the legal age of purchase is 18, with two exceptions: “Adolescents aged 15 to 17 should never exceed the recommended weekly limits for adults (no more than 14 units per week) and if they drink, they should normally drink less than this amount. The legal drinking age is 18 in Abu Dhabi (although a Ministry of Tourism regulation allows hotels to serve alcohol only to people over 21) and 21 in Dubai and the Northern Emirates (except Sharjah, where alcohol consumption is prohibited).  It is LEGAL for a child between the ages of 5 and 16 to drink alcohol at home or in another licensed facility. Guests aged 16 or 17 may serve alcohol in a restaurant if the licensee or bar manager has approved the sale. Some regions limit this sale to sealed bottles of alcohol.
If your waiter looks like you`re under 18 when you eat or drink in England, it`s probably completely legal. Children under 18 can be arrested, fined or arrested by the police if they drink alcohol in public. The police also have the power to confiscate alcohol. To learn more about the law on the consumption of alcohol in public, click here. It is illegal to buy alcohol for anyone under the age of 18. In England, Scotland and Wales, it is not illegal for a person between the ages of five and 17 to drink alcohol at home or in other private places.