Good Morning Britain viewers have slammed a mum for giving her eight-year-old son alcohol on Christmas Day.
Kerry Davies confessed she let her kids drink wine and Prosecco in a move some viewers labelled ‘totally inappropriate’.
The mother-of-two argued that it was best for them to try booze under her supervision and insisted she does not "force it upon them".
She clashed with fellow mum Lottie Dailey, who banned her daughters from drinking until their late teens.
The NHS recommends that under-18s do not drink alcohol, while Action On Addiction say parents should not be providing alcohol to their children.
Kerry Davies argued that it was better for her kids to try alcohol under her supervision at home
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Kerry, who lets her two kids drink on special occasions, said: "They’ve tried it previously. I just don’t have any curiosity with my children. We have quite an open relationship.
"If they want to try something they can try it but I’d rather they tried it under my supervision."
When asked if her children drink wine, beer or spirits, she replied: "They will try and sample anything that they ask to. I don’t force it upon them.
"If they say ‘mum what’s that can I have a bit?’ I say ‘you can try it’. They never like it, which is even funnier."
The GMB presenters were visibly shocked when Kerry showed them that she gave her son a quarter of a glass of wine.
She said: "They won’t drink it. It’s literally there, if they want to taste it they can taste it. My eight-year-old had about three mouthful on Christmas day and was like ‘that’s not good mum’. He put it to one side and said ‘can I have a glass of coke instead’.
Lottie Dailey banned her kids from having booze until their late teens
Hitting back, Lottie argued that kids need to have awareness of the emotional impact of alcohol.
She said: "I don’t think when we have an exponential mental health crisis in the UK among children that is rapidly rising that we should be giving them a depressant."
Speaking about her own experiences, she added: "I for one have never been able to mentally handle my alcohol.
"I am a naturally sensitive person and I get depressed afterwards. I’m not alone. There are many of my friends who suffer with this.
"People don’t know their limits and trying it at home doesn’t allow them to find their limits."
There was a mixed reception to the debate on social media
The debate massively divided Good Morning Britain viewers, with some people outraged at young children being given booze.
Taking to Twitter, one angry viewer said: "Totally inappropriate. There’s a legal age limit for a reason. This woman’s 8 year old tries it? Why do people think it’s acceptable? It’s a drug.
"Children drinking alcohol NO that’s why there is a age limit to buy it," added another.
A third said: "Definitely no alcohol for my kids. They’re mental enough after the chocolate"
However, others supported the view of allowing kids to try some alcohol.
One said: "I’m all for it. We were allowed at Christmas some wine with lemonade with it Introducing it and teaching drinking responsibly is the right way to go."
"I think from about ages 10 I used to get a drop of sherry on Christmas morning, exposing your kids to alcohol will help prevent kids thinking they are being rebellious by binge drinking with their mates as they get older," added another.
A third argued: "Depends on the age of the child and what alcohol you are talking about. A 14 year old boy half a shandy? No issues with that. An 8 year old a sip of whiskey? No chance. Too wide a question to give a proper answer"
*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am
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