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Many high school cafeterias in Europe serve alcohol to their students who choose to drink.
(Brooke, James, School Spreads Alcohol Policy to Wine Sips in Paris. New York Times, May 31, 1998, p. NE12.)

McDonald’s restaurants in some European countries serve alcohol because otherwise parents would be less willing to take their children to them.
(Barr, Andrew. Drink: A Social History of America. New York: Carroll & Graf, 1999, p. 124.)


Most Westernized countries allow youngsters to learn drinking with their families, typically at home and with a meal. Could it be that the U.S. philosophy of driving early, typically at age 16, and allowing drinking later, at 21, is contributing to “binge” drinking habits and sometimes poor alcohol practices in this country?

EDIT: News that casual chain restaurant Chipolte has added local craft beer to their menus in Chicago. Maybe the word is getting around?