Should teenagers be allowed to drink at home with their parents present?
This is a controversial question that has an array of different answers. Some parents think it is fine since the kids are drinking in a controlled environment, while other parents believe that allowing their minor child to drink at home will lead to alcohol abuse down the road. It is not only a moral issue, but a legal one as well.
The Legality- While all 50 states have a minimum drinking age of 21, 45 of those states allow some exceptions. The 5 states with no exceptions are Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, New Hampshire and West Virginia. There are 29 states that allow underage alcohol consumption on private property with parental consent and 6 states that allow it without parental consent. In addition, 25 states allow for religious purposes, like as part of a church ceremony and 11 states allow for educational purposes, like culinary school.
The Morality- While the legal drinking age is 21 in the 50 states, parents are foolish to think their teen will not drink alcohol before then. Many parents believe that by allowing their teen to consume alcohol with their consent, they are teaching them how to responsibly drink alcohol, rather than abusing it. This is done by allowing a glass of wine with dinner on occasion and not allowing it to be an everyday occurrence. Also, by letting their teen drink at home, it allows the parent to teach them about the dangers of alcohol.
Some parents choose not to allow their teen to drink in their home, no matter what. These parents believe that by allowing this behavior will only encourage them to drink in the future. No matter which side parents choose for their teen, both sides want to teach their teen responsibility and wants what is best for them.
What About Other Teens? There is a huge difference between letting your teen have a glass of wine now and then and letting them drink when friends come over. You are the parent of your teen, not their friends. Nearly half of the states have imposed laws that may hold you responsible if one of your teen’s friend’s drinks alcohol in your home and later sustains some type of alcohol-related injury.
My thoughts? No. Okay, not no…but Hell No!