We were strolling by the alcohol section of the supermart yesterday when my eldest commented: "Hey, my classmates said they drank lots of Jolly shandy when they were at the chalet!"
Her class had a sleepover at the chalet during the recent school hols. Eldest did not join them as we were away on vacation.
I remember not so long ago there was some "hoo-ha" over Jolly shandy and how it was sold openly to all and sundry at convenience stores around the island. The "hoo-ha" was over the fact that it had an alcoholic element, and yet underaged teens were allowed to purchase it. I remember that the response by the authorities was that the alcohol content was so low ( I believe it is less than 1%), that it did not fall under the legislation of the liquor license board, and hence not regulated.
My reaction to her comment was: Do you want to drink it? I will buy it for you. It has alcohol in it, you know?
Her reply was: Yes, I know. But I dont want to drink it. Dont want to lose my brain cells.
Phew! What a relief.
I am one that would rather my child experiment with whatever drink at home, than with possible strangers at strange locations, so that these drinks will not be a novelty to them nor forbidden. I dont want them to do it behind my back. At least when they have it at home, I will know how well they are able to tolerate it, and we can share with them the dos and donts. Anyway, I am so glad she didnt want to drink it. (Yet!!)
Would you do the same?