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What's the difference between

You can have a drink now.

and

It is okay to have a drink now.

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Using

It is okay

is not necessarily being polite. In your examples, both have the same effect, the speaker is the person with authority to grant permission.

You can have a drink now.
It is okay to have a drink now.

both have the same meaning, the second is usually used when there is an explicit condition given to not drink, but is now possible.

You will find that in situations where you would use

It's okay to have a drink now.

you might also use

Don't worry, it's okay.
Don't worry (about drinking now), it's okay.

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