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Mum left shocked after her young daughter was invited to attend a ‘champagne breakfast’ to celebrate a friend turning 13.

Dr Lorraine Baker, who is president of the Australian Medical Association Victoria wrote in the Herald Sun, that the mother had brought her daughter, 12, to see her to explain the dangers of alcohol consumption, reports Daily Mail.

‘The parents of the birthday girl had done the “right thing” by including a permission slip for the guests’ parents to authorise the service of alcohol to the children, who all attended the same private school,’ Dr Baker wrote.

‘For me, this is an illustration of how distorted our culture’s relationship with alcohol can be.’

She went on to say that alcohol consumption is the norm among Australians – meaning it is difficult to know when someone’s relationship with alcohol is ‘slipping toward the dangerous for both drinkers and the people around them.’

‘Even if we manage to protect our children from under-age drinking, they often grow up witnessing the “grown-ups” drinking on a regular basis more than the recommended two standard drinks in any one session,’ she said.

She added, “Our legal age for the service of alcohol is 18-years-old, but the science of the brain (neuroscience) has confirmed it is still maturing until at least 25, so if you add alcohol to the immaturity of the brain, some very poor decisions can be made.”

One study that followed Australian teens between the ages of 12 and 16 found that those who had alcohol supplied by their parents were three times as likely to be drinking full serves at age 16 as kids whose families didn’t supply alcohol.

Research from the UK, revealed in August that half of parents allow their kids to drink at home before the age of 14.

One in 10 parents let their children have alcohol at home once a month while some let them drink every day.

Does this spark some concern for you? Should pre-teens be hosting “champagne breakfast” celebrations?

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  • Being 13, I would have thought this was the most coolest party ever.
    If my mum didnt sign the slip, I would have been shattered.
    As an adult now, no way on earth would I offer or host or let my child attend.

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  • Our children were offered a small taste of various drinks as they grew up (in their later teens) while they were at the table with us. Some of them drink, others can’t stand it and are still the same years down the track.

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  • I thought it was against the law to provide a child with alcohol? We have pretend wine at Christmas with our kids, they know there is no alcohol in it and much prefer their soft drinks in the fancy plastic flutes. We are lucky that so far our teenagers aren’t interested in drinking but who knows how long that will last (4 teenagers from 13 to 15 years old)

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  • Wow, 12 is a little young to be invited to – and signing permission slips for – alcoholic parties!

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  • Just can’t believe these parents think it’s right to have a champagne breakfast as a 13 year old’s birthday party. I think I would have been in my 20’s before attending a champagne breakfast.

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  • I don’t agree in letting your children drink before the age of 14. However I come from a European background, where children are allowed to have a small glass of wine with their meals. In those places studies show that there is less binge drinking when they are old enough to go out nightclubbing etc….

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  • This is so sad. Also bacially child neglect. This is liver damage / failure waiting to happen. It can also effect your kidneys in some cases. These kids could well become alcoholics. I know of one case where a boy was introduced to it and was given one with his meal at night on Sat. nights in warm weather when he was 16. He started sneaking extra from the cellar, drunk more at night when he went to bed and became a hopeless alcoholic. It took him a long time to seek help after over 2 years of support when his problem was discovered. Apparently they later found out about a lot of others who went down the same path.

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  • No, they shouldn’t host such a party. Absolutely not! And adults shouldn’t offer any alcohol to kids under age!
    Very disturbing!!

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  • What is wrong with those parents! What kind of message are they sending out to their daughter! Cherish the fact that at this age they still need to be guided in what is right & wrong, & the parents are responsible for the health & safety of innocent 13 year olds.

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  • There is no flipping way I’d be offering other people’s kids alcohol at 12 or 13! Or mine, actually.

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  • Not something i will be allowing for my Daughter. They are only 13 and don’t need to be exposed to alcohol at such a young age.

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  • Champagne at a13 years old party is not something l would do!

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