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  Should children drink alcohol younger?
Updated 09 January 2002, 08.18
Glasses of wine, beer, sherry and whiskey
Nicole Paterson, 12, from Glasgow reports on why she thinks the government should change alcohol laws.

"In other countries they are allowed to drink at a much younger age than Britain.

We should learn to be sensible

I agree with this because I think that by introducing people to alcohol earlier we are showing children that drink is not necessarily bad - that it can be something to learn to socialise with and be sensible with.

A pint of beer is poured in a pub
The government say there is too much underage drinking. I think kids do it because it's illegal and children find pleasure in breaking the law.

If drinking was not illegal then there would probably be fewer problems and children would not find it as big a deal as before because 'everyone' would be doing it!

I think its time for the government to think carefully about drinking laws - it would be for better not for worse!"

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