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AIBU to expect parents not to drink at sports day?!?!
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KCAREYW1987 · 19/06/2017 15:59

Have just returned from a very hot primary school sports day. A group of parents decided to crack open a few cold cans of pimms at about 11am. AIBU to think that this is totally out of order at a primary school sports day? I mean I know it's not cans of super brew but still I would never dream of watching my little ones in the sack race while getting sloshed in the sun! Would love to hear other opinions on this.

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SentfromHeaven · 20/06/2017 19:08

Live in fear if you drink beer....... All will be fine if you drink wine!!!

Pretty much sums up the class divide in this country!

PIMMS for the MANY not the FEW?!!

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pottered · 20/06/2017 19:07

Sounds a good idea to me - our sports day is at the crack of dawn but I'd love to have one with a Pimms tent! Mind you sports brings this out in me

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mumto2two · 20/06/2017 19:02

I agree with Jacques comment earlier. It always amazes me how the teenage kids who seem to have the biggest issue in my daughters circle, are the ones with the strict prohibition type parents. We drink regularly, mostly in moderation, but certainly never to the point of being drunk. We openly share wine at dinner, in restaurants and at home, and my daughter is one of the most sensible kids out there. She is often the one who has to help her friends home, ring their parents and find their stuff, because they just can't control themselves and don't know how to handle it. It's a social etiquette like anything else.
I once had an hugely overweight doctor, with sweat dripping down on his face, lecture me on the regularity of my units. Yet I'm 8st and very healthy with an athletes physique and look much younger than my years. In general, it has certainly never done me any harm, and I believe it is more important to have a happy balanced lifestyle.

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mumto2two · 20/06/2017 18:48

Personally 11am is a little early for me, but I certainly don't see anything wrong with it. We had an end of term afternoon picnic last summer, and enjoyed a few pimms & proseccos. As you say, good PTA fundraiser. All very civilised and nobody got sloshed. Yet we still had a few tut tut eyebrow gymnastics from the anti joy brigade...as if drinking gallons of coke and lemonade made them any more virtuous & healthy than we?

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Craigie · 20/06/2017 18:33

Chavs.

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SherbrookeFosterer · 20/06/2017 18:23

YANBU.

But if people must drink alcohol at such events it should be made clear if they get or even appear drunk, they will never be allowed to forget it.

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Parker231 · 20/06/2017 18:22

For those who do not think it is appropriate to have alcohol at a day time event where there are children, does this mean you wouldn't have a drink at home before your DC's go to bed or at a daytime party?

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DagenhamRoundhouse · 20/06/2017 17:54

Wot, no Aperol spritz?

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BabychamSocialist · 20/06/2017 17:50

brasty

Even the one that isn't premixed is going to be about 5% ABV by the time you've put the 3 parts Lemonade in it.

I think some of the fun police on here think you just drink it as it comes...

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BabychamSocialist · 20/06/2017 17:48

Oh I see the fun police have arrived.

A glass of Pimms is not going to turn you into a raging alcoholic. Also, where our school is it's within walking distance of several housing estates (council and private), so nobody's drink driving either.

It's just a nice refreshing drink for during the summer, and the Pimms tent (and cream tea tent) does enough business for us that we're able to keep things like the library and tuck shop open.

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brasty · 20/06/2017 17:47

And I don't need alcohol. Just like I don't need cream teas and cake. But some things are nice to have. All I remember at school events was weak squash. And lots of boredom.

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brasty · 20/06/2017 17:46

I have never had alcohol at any sports days or other school events. The school did not sell it, and it would not have occurred to me to take any. But if it had been for sale, I would have bought it.

By the way pre mixed pimms is 5.4% alcohol, special brew is 8%. Any sold as a fundraiser for a school will have less alcohol in it than that.

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Gingercatsarethebest2017 · 20/06/2017 17:42

I think it's weird but seems like it's quite common!

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BunsyGirl · 20/06/2017 17:36

Some people bring champagne for the picnic at my DS' sports day (yes, it's a private school)! I can't see any harm. Sports day is a full day event with parents and grandparents picnicking in the grounds at lunch time. No one gets trashed and no one drink drives. What is the problem?!

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Thewolfsjustapuppy · 20/06/2017 17:27

DSs primary school is very working class. Sports day today included Pimms, cream teas and strawberries, and a bunch of parents sidling off behind the bushes for a quick cigarette.

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just5morepeas · 20/06/2017 17:03

I just love how defensive people get as soon as alcohol is mentioned. xD

I don't think it's appropriate at a daytime event for children and parents. A soft drinks stand would be a great idea though - and still raise money.

As a child of an alcoholic the knowledge that alcohol was there would have ruined my day despite the fact that my dad was good at hiding it (from outsiders at least).

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upperlimit · 20/06/2017 16:27

And my only emotion is slight envy. Sports day is so competitive at our school and I wish it were more of a sit down and chill out affair, either with or without a tent containing alcohol.

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upperlimit · 20/06/2017 16:25

LassWi My post was a response to mercime's request of what people thought of her statistics, that refer to the dangers of drinking alcohol which I said was 'getting carried away' as a response to some parents drinking a little alcohol at sports day.

I don't think the op is over the top though. I can see her point of view.

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JacquesHammer · 20/06/2017 16:16

I hate the british attitude to alcohol. some people can't do anything without a drink in their hand. yuck

It isn't a "british" attitude for me. Its a sensible attitude.

I would far rather my DD see alcohol as something that isn't banned or "cool" or something she needs to rebel to try. I would far rather she sees a Pimms tent for example and sees some people having the odd drink, some people not.

We're going on holiday next week - she might see me have a glass of wine.

I have never been drunk in my life. I have never drunk to even the point of tipsyness. My parents are exactly the same. Ex-H on the otherhand have parents who binged. Who would have grasped their pearls in horror at a drink in an afternoon but who would regularly get drunk to the point of vomitting - Ex-H and his sister would then be shown the "evils of alcohol" - his sister still has a difficult relationship surrounding binging.

Again - pure anecdote, but it certainly helped me develop a healthy relationship with alcohol

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Lweji · 20/06/2017 15:58

Can't decide which thread is more entertaining. This one or the toddler crying in the tea room.

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LassWiTheDelicateAir · 20/06/2017 15:19

It's neither hysterical nor exaggerated as a response but maybe a bit tongue in cheek.

I was also referring to your comment I do think people get carried away with the horrors of other people drinking alcohol though which is an overreaction to what OP said.

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Mercime · 20/06/2017 15:09

A can of Pimms has more alcohol than a can of special brew. But that's OK because it's sunny out Hmm

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upperlimit · 20/06/2017 15:08

What? My school doesn't have Pimms tents or anything. As a pp said, this isn't standard fair at your average school in a working class area.

It's neither hysterical nor exaggerated as a response but maybe a bit tongue in cheek.

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Mercime · 20/06/2017 15:07

I agree. I think it's very depressing.

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anchor9 · 20/06/2017 15:06

I hate the british attitude to alcohol. some people can't do anything without a drink in their hand. yuck.

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