Before answering such a question one should imagine oneself in the position of a parent who is asked a simple question: What is your son doing?’
Any rational person would say that a mother and father would be proud to talk about the achievements of their offspring rather than give a nebulous or evasive answer but the question here is whether children should be allowed to taste liquor or wine?
“Oh! How sweet! Harry seems to make appreciative noises if you smear his tongue with wine; naughty little precious poppet.”
Poppet is no longer precious and becomes a grave matter of concern once the parents realize that he has become an addict What seemed a burst of entertainment and joy has turned out to be intense pain and shame and worry. “I never had ever thought that this day would come when I would be complaining about my own offspring.” -if we are to hear this statement from any parent, whatever the age of the daughter or son is, we can be very sure of the role of the parents.
Parents pass most dissatisfied remarks, critically condemn their offspring forgetting that they were no minor contributory factors and are partly to blame for something they themselves started Adults themselves become addicts , are unable to curb a whim for slight excessive indulgence, and have regrets later. This being the case, how can a child be expected to foresee the evil effects of addictive? There is no dispute about the fact that alcohol when consumed in excess, intoxicates the senses and man loses control over himself.
When a child is born he /she is always a good child and only circumstances make an angel or a devil of him in life. There is the proverbial saying that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. If the parents who are supposed to be role models give a taste of their liquor as a symbol of their affection , this would definitely lead to dire results. Taste is always acquired and if a child is given a glimpse of an addictive drink, one can be sure that he would not be able to exercise moderation in his later life.
Moreover, in the current century there is enough to distract the little children from a proper pursuit of skill and excellence, if they are not guided well. While there is a very large scope for the young to fall into wrong company and go astray, should parents themselves be the cause of introducing a taste at the wrong age?
They should strictly forbid the child from even touching this because this would also lull the senses and have an adverse effect on the child’s capacity to study. His academic achievements would suffer .There is a very great chance that when introduced at a young age, this habit can become an addiction that would grow out of proportion. We have heard old stories of the child turned convict when the mother did not punish him for a petty theft. Sense of values when instilled young, go a long way.
Anyone would say that a peg or two does not make a person a drunkard. But this must be the choice of the individual and not the pathetic inevitable result of an indulgence started young.