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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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Groupie123 · 20/06/2017 13:17

At the private schools my dc attend we usually get served alcoholic cocktails at the start of the day, then can buy wine/spirits/beer by the bottle or the glass. Some events even have a full bar service.

Nobody gets drunk.

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Mercime · 20/06/2017 13:17

In my experience, kids that are brought up not knowing that a bit of alcohol in moderation is perfectly OK are usually a complete mess for a few years when they discover it in their teens.

This is the received mumsnet wisdom yes. I don't happen to believe it in the slightest.

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PolarBearGoingSomewhere · 20/06/2017 13:14

Wow how the other half live eh. I live in a rough town and drinking at school sports day would probably have you on the school safeguarding list!

First page response summed it up for me!

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Littlelondoner · 20/06/2017 13:14

We had pimms and chanpagne tent at my school sports days.

It was always a compitition between the parents who could pack the best picnic.

We even had faux pimms for the kids. The lemonade all the fruit with a dash of balsamic in.

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MrsOverTheRoad · 20/06/2017 13:10

It's all this minimising...

"I had a lager at 4.00 yesterday...does that mean I've got a drinking problem?"

Is just not the point.

The point is that alcohol invades SO much of our lives...it's everywhere!

There's really no need and considering the following statistics, it really needs looking at

In 2014/15 there were 1.1 million estimated admissions where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for admission or a secondary diagnosis. This is 3% more than 2013/14.

There were 333 thousand estimated admissions where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary diagnosis or there was an alcohol-related external cause. This is similar to 2013/14 and 32% higher than 2004/05

In 2014, there were 6,831 deaths which were related to the consumption of alcohol. This is an increase of 4% on 2013 and an increase of 13% on 2004.

The total Net Ingredient Cost (NIC) for items prescribed for alcohol dependence in 2015 was £3.93 million which is 15% higher than in 2014.

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BabychamSocialist · 20/06/2017 13:06

Mercime

Yes, it's fine actually. Probably better than treating alcohol like it's the devil's brew. In my experience, kids that are brought up not knowing that a bit of alcohol in moderation is perfectly OK are usually a complete mess for a few years when they discover it in their teens.

It's not like they're cracking open the Vodka, is it? One glass of Pimms isn't going to do any harm.

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Keletubbie · 20/06/2017 13:04

My daughter's previous primary and her current one both had licensed PTA volunteers to run the bar at school events. Never saw anyone drunk, although I got a bit tiddly after a Pimms or 2 at the summer fair on an empty stomach.

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user1497403588 · 20/06/2017 12:59

Wow, anyone who cracks open a cold one at that time of the morning is rough as f Grin

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JacquesHammer · 20/06/2017 12:58

Not really - it's not like you're forced to partake - as I said earlier the Pimms tent also does strawberries and cream and free soft drinks.

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Mercime · 20/06/2017 12:56

No. Not rampant alcoholism. But quite a dependent attitude if you think it's totally normal to drink alcohol at a primary school event.

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JacquesHammer · 20/06/2017 12:55

Yes ours starts at 9!! We live rurally so everyone has to drive anyway. All these Pimms drinkers must walk to school I guess

We're semi rural. We drive to school, as does virtually every parent. They're also capable of arranging car shares/stopping after one small drink etc.

There's some very black and white responses on this thread extrapolating a pleasant summer experience into rampant alcoholism. Very odd.

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Mercime · 20/06/2017 12:52

Yes ours starts at 9!! We live rurally so everyone has to drive anyway. All these Pimms drinkers must walk to school I guess.

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hibbledobble · 20/06/2017 12:52

I wish my school had a pimm's tent.. We are more of a super brew area here.

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NeverNic · 20/06/2017 12:50

Actually since ours was at 9.30, I would have noticed!

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NeverNic · 20/06/2017 12:49

I'm not sure I'd be bothered if I saw it but not something I would do. I kind of think that I'd only drink alcohol at school if I'd bought it on site.

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Mercime · 20/06/2017 12:46

I have spent many hours watching kids do sport and have never once wanted a drink. I think it's banned at our primary anyway. If you want my honest opinion I think it's a crappy example to set for kids. Having friends round for a bbq in the garden, fine.

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BabychamSocialist · 20/06/2017 12:44

Mercime

Erm, we really don't. However, it's sort of traditional that Pimms is drank during the summer on a hot day. I'm pretty sure it's one of the drinks of Wimbledon and the flower show.

I'm not push but even my mum and dad used to get it during the summer if we were having a garden party.

It's nothing to do with 'our relationship with alcohol' - it's everything to do with sitting for several hours in the blazing sun, watching kids do 'sport'. You're talking like parents are shooting up in the car park!

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Mercime · 20/06/2017 12:30

Now a lovely latte at 11am would be very welcome

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Mercime · 20/06/2017 12:29

I think it's depressing people need alcohol at a primary school sports day. But English people seem to have a huge relationship with alcohol generally.

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derxa · 20/06/2017 12:29

They served alcohol at parents evening? Yes

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Mercime · 20/06/2017 12:28

I think drinking Pimms at 11am is not good. But I don't drink much.

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Lweji · 20/06/2017 12:25

This thread is making me want to try Pimms. Never had any.

I do like a glass (or several) of cool sangria, though. Even interrupted my pregnancy abstinence for a small glass.

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Floggingmolly · 20/06/2017 12:24

They served alcohol at parents evening?

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derxa · 20/06/2017 12:20

We had a Pimms tent at my school sports day. Now most of my old classmates are either in jail, dead or on drugs. Shock Bloody Hell!
That Pimms is dangerous stuff.

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derxa · 20/06/2017 12:18

At DSs old school private every parents' event had alcohol even parents' evening. Did I think it was the road to Hell? Not really. It took the edge off paying the eye-watering fees.

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