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To allow 12 YO DS a shandy made of alcohol free beer?

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Whatisthisfuckery Wed 20-Nov-19 19:39:13

I like a beer in the evening. I’ve decided to try alcohol free beer to reduce my alcohol intake. It’s pretty grim so I’ve been mixing it with lemonade to make it into shandy.

DS wanted a shandy, as it’s alcohol free. AIBU to have let him?

It’s not an every day thing btw, and he’s only allowed a very small amount of real alcohol on special occasions eg Christmas.

Also your recommendations for good AF beer if you have them would be most welcome.

Cheers

Newmumma83 Wed 20-Nov-19 19:40:32

Kids can buy shandy bass at the corner shop so wouldn’t see it as a bad thing as a treat at all

Whatisthisfuckery Wed 20-Nov-19 19:40:48

I did enable voting but it doesn’t seem to have appeared.

RedSheep73 Wed 20-Nov-19 19:42:10

If it's alcohol free, whyever not?

EmperorBallpitine Wed 20-Nov-19 19:42:33

Its non alcoholic really don't see why not. Mine wouldn't like it.

Luzina Wed 20-Nov-19 19:43:44

I don't give my 14yo any alcohol at all ever. I would happily give him an alcofree shandy, its beer flavoured lemonade.

SirVixofVixHall Wed 20-Nov-19 19:45:22

In the 70s we had a shandy pop ,it was delicious. No issue whatsoever if there is not alcohol.

bobstersmum Wed 20-Nov-19 19:45:39

At this age in France he'd be having wine with his meals so I don't see why not at all!
Have you tried becks blue? That's not bad at all, tastes fine.

weirdsmell Wed 20-Nov-19 19:50:25

No, it's not something I would want to normalise. It may be alcohol free shandy now but you would be habit forming and when DC is older they risk becoming addicted to alcohol because they are used to 'having a beer at night'

An occasional shandy? Yes. Every night, for them or you? No.

Whatisthisfuckery Wed 20-Nov-19 19:51:09

Yes I’ve tried the Becks one. It’s not bad.

I’ve got Cheepo tesco stuff atm so that’s probably why it tastes a bit grim.

stucknoue Wed 20-Nov-19 19:52:25

You used to be able to buy shandy in cans when I was a kid, it's like 1/2% alcohol. I let my girls have wine with special meals by that age anyway, in France the waiter just poured them wine without asking

glasshalfsomething Wed 20-Nov-19 19:52:45

Try the Brew Dog one!

SimonJT Wed 20-Nov-19 19:53:04

I have drink non-alcoholic beer most nights, my son (four) regularly had a sip, it’s no different to a sip of fanta.

MrMeSeeks Wed 20-Nov-19 19:54:34

Why ever not? Its non alcoholic

TabbyMumz Wed 20-Nov-19 19:54:36

My kids were having normal shandy at 13 and under so dont see the problem. I think its wise to let them have some every so often rather than nothing at all then as soon as they can drink they go mad.

Mopmum35 Wed 20-Nov-19 19:55:10

I don't want to sound judgemental but I dont see why anyone would want to give there dc an alcohol flavoured drinkconfused I know it's not real booze but still 🤷🏻‍♀️

Trewser Wed 20-Nov-19 19:55:33

Brew dog nanny state. I drink it all the time.

MiniMum97 Wed 20-Nov-19 19:56:09

I really don't think her DS is going to become a alcoholic because he's had a shandy ffs. That's ridiculous.

Aragog Wed 20-Nov-19 19:57:24

alcofree shandy

Most of these shandy drinks, such as Shandy Bass, sold do still have some alcohol in them, something like 0.5% They are not entirely alcohol free.
Legally under 18s can buy low alcohol drinks like Shandy Bass, because the licensing laws only apply to drinks which are over 0.5%

So Shandy Bass, for example, is no 'better' than a shandy made with lemonade and many alcohol-free beers. Becks Blue is 0.05% alcohol.

LionelRitchieStoleMyNotebook Wed 20-Nov-19 19:58:10

The franziskaner alcohol free is really nice if you like weissbier, it tastes party much the same as the regular one. They used to sell it in Tesco not sure now, I had it a few times when I was pregnant

weirdsmell Wed 20-Nov-19 19:59:58

I really don't think her DS is going to become a alcoholic because he's had a shandy ffs. That's ridiculous.

It's also not what I said.

Wildorchidz Wed 20-Nov-19 20:00:35

he’s only allowed a very small amount of real alcohol on special occasions eg Christmas.

What? You allow your 12 year old to have alcohol?

WendyMoiraAngelaDarling Wed 20-Nov-19 20:02:21

don't want to sound judgemental but I dont see why anyone would want to give there dc an alcohol flavoured drink I know it's not real booze but still 🤷🏻‍♀️

Agree. I just don't see the point really.

LionelRitchieStoleMyNotebook Wed 20-Nov-19 20:02:39

This one, or brewdog do a few nice ones nanny state, punk AF and raspberry blitz

Unihorn Wed 20-Nov-19 20:04:04

Wildorchidz it's legal over 5, although of course not recommended regularly. I was about 12 when my parents allowed me to have Bucks Fizz lemonade with a bit of wine in at Christmas. I don't think that's unusual.

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