How Much Should Your Kindergartner Be Swilling?

UK debates boozing guides for 5-year-olds
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 30, 2008 10:39 AM CST
Some parents' groups worry kids will test the limits set by the boundaries.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – While most countries worry about the nutrition and development of their kids, the British government wants to make sure its wee ones aren't falling down drunk, the Independent reports. Officials in Britain, where it’s legal to drink at home from age 5, are debating whether to issue guidelines on how much kids from 5-18 can safely put down. While some decry the rise of a "nanny state," others point to rising levels of binge drinking among minors.

Some binge-drinking stats from Britain:

  • 55% of 11- to 15-year-olds have had at least one alcoholic drink in their lifetimes.
  • 11.4 units is the average amount of alcohol consumed per week for 11- to 15-year-olds.
  • 20% of those who drink buy it from friends or relatives, 18% from off-licenses, 14% from shops and supermarkets.