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Can parents legally serve their children alcohol?

seven7seven 1,154 January 26, 2008 at 06:15 PM in Question
My sister just told me that if your parents serve you alcohol (no friends, in your private home) it is legal...

Anybody know?

I'm thinking she's wrong, but I don't know much about laws.

Washington State by the way if that makes a difference woot
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#46
I think giving Junior a small glass of champagne during a wedding isn't the same as giving a bottle of vodka & sending him to his room. Odd still is that Junior can go to Iraq & shoot people but not drink a beer. Shrug.

Far as I know, several countries have NO drinking age at all. Like China.
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Quote from seven7seven View Post :
Yeah I was thinking if we're allowed to drink wine at church... ?
Ugh.... It's not wine.. though I suppose that depends on your religion and your own personal beliefs.. I'll let it slide.


Anyway, yes. Own private property, parents are allowed to serve their children alcohol, though once they step onto public property, or become a nuisance, then the State/Local/Federal government can step in. At least, as far as I know it's legal.

Whether it's a good idea or not.. well that's a podium topic.
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illegal here. This is recent
Barrington parents care nothing about their kids. This is where most underage drinking and driving deaths come from.
http://www.projo.com/news/content...556ca.html
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PROVIDENCE — The Barrington couple who let their daughters invite a few friends over to the house as part of a family New Year’s Eve party, only to have the teens engage in a drinking game, pleaded no contest in District Court yesterday to charges of illegally serving alcohol to minors under the state’s social host law.

In a brief court appearance, Gabriel A. Pacheco, 48, and Mary Lou Pacheco, 45, of 11 Northwest Passage, were each ordered to serve 100 hours of community service at an unspecified emergency room, given the minimum fine of $350, which will go to a fund for victims of violent crimes, and placed on six months probation, after which there will be no record of their conviction if they stay out of trouble.

With the Pachecos standing behind him, their lawyer, Stephen Rappoport, said the couple wanted to take “complete responsibility” for the incident and try to show support for Barrington’s efforts to crack down on underage drinking.

“The lesson to be learned? Parents have to be even more vigilant,” said Rappoport. “They have to be the police within their own home because this is what will happen.”

They were arrested after 13 pictures of the party were posted on Facebook.com, the social networking site, and brought to the attention of the police.

Some of the photos showed youth and young adults ages 17 to 20 drinking and playing “beer pong” in the basement of the Pacheco home.

Rappoport said all the underage people at the party were there with their parents, except for two girls who had been invited over for New Year’s Eve by their daughters, ages 17 and 20.

The couple never went out and purchased beer or any other liquor for minors, no teens were driving after the party and “there was no one passed out in the backyard or on a trampoline,” their lawyer said.

However, Rappoport explained in an interview outside the courtroom, “by not being diligent and going down to the basement and checking on what was happening, they violated the letter of the law, but not the spirit. They understand now, looking back, they made a mistake in judgment.”

“Because of the zero-tolerance policy in Barrington, they stepped up to the plate and said they wanted to plead no contest,” he said.

Yesterday’s outcome was not unexpected.

According to the police report of the incident, on Jan. 11 the police confronted the couple.

The Pachecos “acknowledged that the alcohol had come from their house and they had allowed the kids to drink in moderation, but were surprised about the drinking games in the basement,” according to the police report by Sgt. Josh Birrell.

“The Pachecos felt the kids could be trusted and were responsible enough to drink, but after seeing the photos and the extent of the drinking, realized how their decision was a mistake,” Birrell’s report said.
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.buo1 ǝɹoɟǝq sıɥʇ ǝʞı1 buıdʎʇ ǝq 11ıʍ ʎǝɥʇ puɐ '1oɥoɔ1ɐ ɥbnouǝ spıʞ ɹnoʎ ǝʌıb
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It is legal in some states to even serve your child alcohol in a bar/tavern, so long as the parents are with the kid. If I'm not mistaken, WI is one of the states.
This is correct.
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In Texas it's legal to drink alcohol at any age if your parents or legal guardian are present and in the immediate vicinity.
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So for the states where parents can serve their own kid alcohol whether at home or in a licensed establishment depending on the state law - if the kid happens to go out and commit crime after the parents ok'd it - will the parent be held responsible also for the crime?
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So for the states where parents can serve their own kid alcohol whether at home or in a licensed establishment depending on the state law - if the kid happens to go out and commit crime after the parents ok'd it - will the parent be held responsible also for the crime?
Yes in Wisconsin.
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Quote from arjunsr View Post :
Iagree.. if they don't sneak out in hs.

no offense intended.. just the people who abused it the most/couldn't handle their liquor where those who really weren't allowed anything.
Yikes I am one of "those" moms. Certainly something to rethink for the future. He is only 11 now. His cousins up in NY drink constantly at family events - they are a boy and a girl 12 years old. I totally disagree with it.

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Yes in Wisconsin.
Wow. OMG
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#55
To those that posted before saying my kids will be binge drinkers when they grow up:
If they do, I can't help that. I do not see the point in drinking alcohol at all. I do not find it fun, nor do I care for the taste. I do not see the big deal about it, and would rather just have a soda and remember the night the next day. I do the best as I can as a parent, and talk to my kids about drinking. I'm sure they'll drink when they get older. They might find the fun in it. But I don't. Does that make me a bad parent? Then so be it. But I won't be serving alcohol in my home to my kids. That's like saying...drugs are bad....but if you do them at home with me then it's ok
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Quote from RugratsGalore View Post :
It is legal in some states to even serve your child alcohol in a bar/tavern, so long as the parents are with the kid. If I'm not mistaken, WI is one of the states.
I love my drunken home state heart

http://www.revenue.wi.gov/faqs/ise/atundrg.html

# What is the legal drinking age in Wisconsin?

Twenty-one years of age. This is also the age at which a person can be on licensed premises. There are some exceptions, which we will discuss below.

# Can children be in a bar with their parents?

Yes. Persons under age 21 may be on licensed premises, and can be sold and allowed to drink alcohol beverages, if they are with their parents, guardians, or spouses, as long as those persons are of legal age; but this is at the discretion of the licensee.
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how about NJ?
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I love my drunken home state heart

http://www.revenue.wi.gov/faqs/ise/atundrg.html

# What is the legal drinking age in Wisconsin?

Twenty-one years of age. This is also the age at which a person can be on licensed premises. There are some exceptions, which we will discuss below.

# Can children be in a bar with their parents?

Yes. Persons under age 21 may be on licensed premises, and can be sold and allowed to drink alcohol beverages, if they are with their parents, guardians, or spouses, as long as those persons are of legal age; but this is at the discretion of the licensee.
We actually just discussed this in one of my criminal justice classes last semester and remembered WI being brought up.
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Quote from Melmo View Post :
That's like saying...drugs are bad....but if you do them at home with me then it's ok
laugh out loud drugs are not the same as alcohol.
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