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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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MerchantofVenice · 21/06/2017 06:44

Glad this thread seems to have come round to a sense of reason.

I saw some parents drinking beer yesterday afternoon at dd's sports day. The event was at a sportd ground with a club house and bar. It was a hot day; they had a cool beer; no one cared.

OP's example was different I think... if there are other reasons not to drink (driving; alcohol-free policy on site) then obviously you don't. And if our school categorically said 'no alcohol with your picnic' I'd think that's also fine. I'd respect that totally.

Equally, I think MNetters should, in the absence of those rules, treat other adults like adults. It doesn't all of a sudden become about policing alcoholism just because there are some running races going on.

In the light of this thread, I actually looked at the beer-drinkers (yes - beer!! Not Pimms) and thought 'good on you' - they seemed to be using the afternoon as a proper celebration - enjoying themselves, rather than using alcohol to 'get through'. And one of them went on to win the dads' race very convincingly. I'd bet his kids were proud of him, not 'embarrassed'.

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Booboo66 · 21/06/2017 07:19

Not a private school thing here cheval... Quite middle class, I will say but state school none the less. May fair, beetle drive, xmas fair, cinema night, bingo night all have a bar for prosecco/local beers/wine. I think the main reason we don't have one on sports day is because it's not actually on the school grounds therefore obtaining a licence might be more of an issue

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Smellbellina · 21/06/2017 08:16

Unless you are somebody who can only have alcohol if you can get drunk on it, I can't see the problem.
A sambucca bar would be a different matter!

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Travellingmamma · 21/06/2017 09:31

My kiddies aren't in school, so I haven't experienced sports day as a parent yet. Where I live now, down south, I can see a pimms tent being a thing. However where I grew up, one of our local schools didn't even tell the parents when sports day was because the parents behaved so appallingly. Adding alcohol to that mix would not be fun for anyone! Very much a class divide I think, surely alcohol is alcohol, whether is value lager or a can of pimms, funny how people have different opinions depending on what the drink is! Personally, I don't think sports day is the place for alcohol, surely part of it is teaching the kids to be fit and healthy and I don't think alcohol at 11am is necessary? However, if I get to sports day in a couple of years and find a pimms tent I may change my mind Grin

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Lovelymess · 22/06/2017 12:03

I love it! I'd be joining them x

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bsbabas · 22/06/2017 16:07

Relaxed parents happy kids

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waitforitfdear · 22/06/2017 16:38

Sports days arnt at 11am as a general rule.

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GloriaGilbert · 22/06/2017 16:44

Surely it's different strokes for different folks?

Your liver doesn't know the difference between a drink at sports day and a drink at the pub.

I wouldn't think much of someone getting drunk, but I'm sure they'd manage their way through my judgement.

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Deejoda · 24/06/2017 10:51

YANBU OP

it is a prevailing subculture amongst a significant proportion of Brits who seem incapable of socialising, 'relaxing', being without some alcohol in the system. My mother is a non-drinker and none was ever in my house but she survived and excelled at being a single mother to 2 of us who dont 'crave the forbidden fruit'. I don't get why people's resilience is so low that 2 hours of children doing sports sets them 'on edge' requiring alcohol to make it bearable. It is 2 hours encouraging healthy living. ConfusedWhat a life!

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NavyandWhite · 24/06/2017 11:52

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TipTopTipTopClop · 24/06/2017 11:55

Navyandwhite get thee to a treatment center asap. Sending prayers and Wine

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NavyandWhite · 24/06/2017 12:07

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pottered · 24/06/2017 14:18

I don't see it as having low resilience - at social occasions, I enjoy a drink. Not because I'm a derelict lunatic - in the same way I enjoy a nice piece of cake or a good tv programme - it's enjoyable. Watching your dc at sports day isn't an especially fun time, a drink can help, especially if the weather is reasonable.

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Floggingmolly · 24/06/2017 14:21

Watching your dc at sports day isn't an especially fun time, a drink can help. Confused What a sad comment.

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MaisyPops · 24/06/2017 14:24

I wouldn't fancy a drink at 11am, but at 3 in the afternoon a glass of pimps would be lovely.

I'm not a big drinker (haven't drank more than 2 glasses of wine since January) but don't get how people on these threads can go on like seeing somebody enjoy a glass or 2 is tantamount the to exposing children to alcoholism.

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museumum · 24/06/2017 14:25

I'm a pretty cheap date but even I couldn't get sloshed on a couple of cans of pimms and lemonade! It's what 20% or so, diluted 1:4 or so in lemonade so ends up about 5%?

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Skylander01 · 04/07/2017 15:55

Yes museumum - the same as a can of Stella! It sounds like a good idea - if you can afford it. It's about choice too. I personally would choose not to partake, but I disn't have alcohol at the kids parties either. Now my oldest is 18 she can have alcohol when her friends are round or if she has a 'sit off'. If I'm lucky she let's me join in!

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