Should parents face jail time for allowing underage drinking in their homes?

  • Drinking Age is 21 for a Reason

    Parents should face jail time for allowing underage drinking in their home, but only if the kids involved aren't their own. The drinking age is 21 for a reason. Allowing your own children to drink is a parenting choice, as long as it doesn't get out of hand. Once someone else's children get involved, then jail time should be a deterring factor.

  • If they allow it, they should be jailed.

    The key word here is "allow," which suggests knowledge that the activity is going on. Some parents justify underage drinking in their homes because they'd rather their kids drink at home rather than out with friends, but underage drinking is not justified in any circumstances. Parents should understand that there are real consequences to decisions such as these, and jail time is the only way to persuade them.

  • Yes, if it is not their own children.

    If someone is allowing underage drinking for children other than their own, absolutely YES. It is no ones place to make parental decisions for others. It is a personal decision and parents should respect each other. Likewise, is it not out Job to protect our kids? In saying this. If a parent feels they would like to let ones own child responsibly drink in their own house....That is a personal parent choice.

  • Yes They Should

    "The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 required all states to raise their minimum purchase and public possession of alcohol age to 21. States that did not comply faced a reduction in highway funds under the Federal Highway Aid Act. The U.S. Department of Transportation has determined that all states are in compliance with this act. The national law specifically prohibits purchase and public possession of alcoholic beverages. It does not prohibit persons under 21 (also called youth or minors) from drinking. The term "public possession"

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    Prof. David J. Hanson, Ph.D.

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    Sociology Department
    State University of New York
    Potsdam, NY 13676


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  • No, they should be fined...

    ...but only if said underage drinkers are not their own children. If they're allowing other people's kids to drink, they're breaking the law.

    If they want to allow their own kids to drink, as long as drinking does not cause bigger problems, that's a parenting decision.

  • No parents should not face jail time for allowing underage drinking in their homes

    It is no one's business but the parent, if they wish to allow their child to drink in their home or not. These are exactly the type of laws that take the right of the parent away to parent how they wish, and give that power to the state. The state should not have any say over this type of thing at all. So no, parents should not face jail time for allowing underage drinking in the home, because really whether they wish to or not so long as the child is not being harmed, is not anyone else's business, including the state.

  • Parents should be fined instead of having to face jail time

    Parents should not have to go to jail for underage drinking in their homes. Instead, they should be fined. Parents are not always aware of what their children do and yes, they should not have the drinks where the kids can get to them, but I feel that there's bigger fish to fry. While underage drinking is a serious matter, put criminals or murders in jail not innocent parents.

    Posted by: l1n7
  • No, they shouldn't

    Parents shouldn't be jailed if they allow their responsible teenager to drink at home. I would prefer my kids drink at home where they are safe over them sneaking out to drink where they may not be as safe. If parents are allowing young children to drink however then they should face possible jail time.

    Posted by: jus
  • Parents should not face jailtime for underage drinking.

    Parents are adults and they have the responsibility and the right to choose what goes on in their home. If they want their kids to drink then let them drink all they want. Of course, don't let kids over do it since they don't have bodies enough to tolerate a high amount, but it is their kids and they can choose what they do on their property.

  • you are able to serve your country & die but cant drink??

    If you are able to go to war and die for your country you should be able to drink. There was a point in time where 28 was the age. it doesnt make sense that you can play with GUNS and KILL PEOPLE then to have a few drinks at home!

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