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Should Parents be Allowed to Purchase Alcohol for Their Children Younger Than 21?

Wisconsin reportedly has a law that allows it and Colorado is considering one.

The Denver Post recently reported that a Republican lawmaker plans to introduce a bill in the Colorado legislature that would allow restaurants and bars to provide alcohol to young adults, older than 18 but younger than 21, if their parents are on hand to make the purchase. It reports that Wisconsin has a similar law.

The Post reports the congressman was introducing the bill after not being able to share a drink with his daughter on her 20th birthday. Another argument was that parents of members of the military would also then be able to buy their children a drink to celebrate their return from a tour of duty.

What do you think — good idea? Or why not leave it the way it is — another three years is not long to wait?

Good Grief Y'all January 12, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Well, too many adults can't handle alcohol and are poor parental role models. I agree there should be awareness and education about using alcoholic beverages in moderation, education on the risks, recognizing destructive tendencies toward addiction, etc. Not everyone is going to be a teetotaler, religious influence or not.
Good Grief Y'all January 12, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Many parents probably do educate their older children about alcohol in the privacy of their own home. You can't and shouldn't try to legislate that. I don't think breaking the law in a public place should be encouraged, and I don't think the legal age should be lowered. There's plenty of adulthood awaiting, God willing, indulgence or enjoyment - whichever way you view alcohol.
Amy January 12, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Does anyone remember the fat smoking baby in Indonesia? The longer we put off bad habits, the better. If you're that much into celebrating with your kid, take a vacation to Mexico or French Canada where the drinking age is 18.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew January 12, 2013 at 03:32 AM
2nd on raising the voting age to 21... Raise the drinking age 26 if healthcare coverage is provided by the parent! 21 otherwise.
Shane Reynolds January 12, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Absolutely. The country needs parents to be actually parent, and I don't want to parent anyone else's children. If they decide this is how they want to introduce alcohol to their young adults, it's not really any of my business. They would be exposing themselves to legal liability if their kids were to drink and drive or otherwise cause damage, but the alternative for most is that their sons and daughters turn 21 away from home where their only guidance is other 21 year-olds.


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