Well, sure alcohol is a drug. So is tylenol, asprin, caffeine, sugar...
With our kids we talk about the difference between responsible USE and ABUSE.
Having a glass of wine with dinner is drug use. Drinking a bottle is abuse. Taking a painkiller because a doctor prescribes it post surgery is use. Take oxycotin because it makes you feel funny is abuse.
Kids are smart enough to know the difference. I agree that the DRUGS ARE BAD kinds of messages are pointless and irresponsible on the part of adults--and hypocritical. But I do agree that it is a good thing to start the conversation.
But the conversation is going to come up, anyway. My son asked me about opium and opium dens after reading about it in a Tintin comic book at the age of 5
. So we talked about illegal drugs and harmful drugs like opium. But we also talked about how the same drug can be made into morphine, which can help people who are suffering a lot of pain--but it just depends on how it is used.
Honestly, in this day and age, I have a greater fear of a child abusing prescription drugs because you can't smells it on their breath, you don't need any paraphernalia to consume the drugs, and they're 'legal.' Alcohol seems tame compared to some of the pills kids buy and sell at schools these days.