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mackay_j
08-19-2011, 07:30 AM
I know that under 21's cannot buy alcohol in the US. But is it OK for an adult to give them a drink if they buy it. My DD will be 19 and although she doesn't drink much she does enjoy the odd glass of wine with a special meal. I know that in some countries the age for adults to give alcohol to teens is diff than the age they can buy it for themselves, what is the possition in the US, as I do not want to do anything wrong.

lizzyb
08-19-2011, 07:36 AM
I would say if they are under 21 they shouldn't be drinking and you are probably breaking the law by purchasing it for them.

Magic3forme
08-19-2011, 07:36 AM
Sorry drinking age is 21.

bdcp
08-19-2011, 07:38 AM
No. She cannot drink. The drinking age is 21. I think a couple of states allow parents to give their child a drink in their own home. Never in public and never in a restaurant/bar.

bdcp
08-19-2011, 07:38 AM
I would say if they are under 21 they shouldn't be drinking and you are probably breaking the law by purchasing it for them.

In the US, but I'm thinking from the OP's post they are probably from Europe.

mackay_j
08-19-2011, 07:45 AM
Where we are from it is legal to buy alcohol from 18 and legal to drink from much ealier than that as long as given buy an adult over 18 :rotfl:. - Wise or not is a diff issue - and can be debated well by both sides. - but its not what I asked.

Luckly for us my DD hardly drinks anyway- I just wanted to check the legal possition out before we arrive, if not allowed thats fine and not a big issue for us.

Hootch
08-19-2011, 07:51 AM
years ago the federal government threatened to cut off federal highway matching funds for any state not raising the drinking age to 21. For awhile after that, the military served people 18 and up.

No one cares if you give a glass of wine to your child in the privacy of your home but it is an issue in public.

I disagree with the policy but I stopped worrying about it when I turned 21.

dixonsontour
08-19-2011, 07:57 AM
I know that under 21's cannot buy alcohol in the US. But is it OK for an adult to give them a drink if they buy it. My DD will be 19 and although she doesn't drink much she does enjoy the odd glass of wine with a special meal. I know that in some countries the age for adults to give alcohol to teens is diff than the age they can buy it for themselves, what is the possition in the US, as I do not want to do anything wrong.

Don't go there!

US attitude/law in realtion to alcohol is totally different to UK or Europe.

Just to explain where the op is coming from it is legal to give a child alcohol in the home from age 5 in the UK (not saying people do just that it is not illegal!) and that a 16 year old can buy beer/cider with a meal in a restaurant - in Scotland a 16 year old can buy beer/cider or wine with a meal in a restaurant.

Remember your ID if you want to drink.

mackay_j
08-19-2011, 08:05 AM
Don't go there!

US attitude/law in realtion to alcohol is totally different to UK or Europe.

Just to explain where the op is coming from it is legal to give a child alcohol in the home from age 5 in the UK (not saying people do just that it is not illegal!) and that a 16 year old can buy beer/cider with a meal in a restaurant - in Scotland a 16 year old can buy beer/cider or wine with a meal in a restaurant.

Remember your ID if you want to drink.

It would be the highlight of my trip if the ask for my ID :rotfl2:

dixonsontour
08-19-2011, 08:11 AM
That's one of the differences - you could well be ID'd even in your 30's or 40's whereas here in UK you will never be.

tigerchick
08-19-2011, 08:21 AM
21 to drink is NOT the hardfast law in all states in the US.

Some states allow children/spouses to drink under the age of 21 if their legal guardian is with them and purchasing the drinks. This includes restaurants and other purblic spaces NOT just homes.

Military bases also allow soldiers 18 years of age to purchase and consume alcohol.

However Florida does NOT allow this. You must be 21 to purchase and consume alcohol.

TDC Nala
08-19-2011, 09:08 AM
I know that under 21's cannot buy alcohol in the US. But is it OK for an adult to give them a drink if they buy it. My DD will be 19 and although she doesn't drink much she does enjoy the odd glass of wine with a special meal. I know that in some countries the age for adults to give alcohol to teens is diff than the age they can buy it for themselves, what is the possition in the US, as I do not want to do anything wrong.

No, sorry.

If you're caught doing this at WDW, it's my understanding you will be immediately removed from the park or restaurant. It's not exactly the same at all states, but that's how it is at WDW. You must be 21 or over to purchase or consume alcohol.

Colleen27
08-19-2011, 09:47 AM
Florida is one of the states without a parent/guardian exception to the drinking age even in your own home, so there's no way you'd be okay doing it in public.

Even in states that have such an exception, most businesses still prohibit the sharing of alcoholic beverages with minors because no one wants to be the one busted when it turns out that the older man buying drinks is the minor's much-older date rather than her parent. And some of our liability laws are crazy when it comes to that; restaurants/bars are basically supposed to be omnipotent when it comes to age-verification.

I'm sure even if it was legal in FL to hand off a drink to your underage child Disney would have a policy against it, both for public relations and liability reasons.

Mrsjvb
08-19-2011, 12:23 PM
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Military bases also allow soldiers 18 years of age to purchase and consume alcohol.

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uh no that is incorrect. at all times on a US Military Installations Thou Shalt be 21 to Consume or Purchase Alcohol. and even then, if you are in a training status( A School/AIT or a Plebe at USNA) not even if you are 21 can you do so.

even OCONUS where local law is lower(Germany) can you get away with it any more. far too many alcohol related incidents by minors( and legal adults for that matter) led to widespread changes over the last 3 years or so. hell some bases have gone DRY for periods of time. not even the O and E clubs could sell it. and only certain people could buy it at the package store/Class Six for home consumption( where were, it was E5 and up only)

patsal
08-19-2011, 12:29 PM
I have a 20 yo son and we have these arguments all the time. In my state, under 21 cannot purchase alcohol but with parental permission they can consume it. (He feels that if another adult who disagrees withme purchases the alcohol and gives it to him it is still ok,another story for another time!:rolleyes:) In the state of Florida the rule is no purchase or consumption under 21 from the websites I have used in aguments, lol!

mackay_j
08-19-2011, 01:07 PM
I have a 20 yo son and we have these arguments all the time. In my state, under 21 cannot purchase alcohol but with parental permission they can consume it. (He feels that if another adult who disagrees withme purchases the alcohol and gives it to him it is still ok,another story for another time!:rolleyes:) In the state of Florida the rule is no purchase or consumption under 21 from the websites I have used in aguments, lol!

I know how you feel, My dd can buy as much as she wants, but she is diabetic so we keep reminding her that's its not a good idea to have more than a couple of glass of wine in any one day (so far so good!) However, I can see the other side of the coin, I had finished my 4yrs at uni, was working as a chemist and was engaded at your sons age and married at 21 so I'm not sure how I would have felt if my parents were still telling me what I should do.

I am waiting for my daughter to start reminding me of this soon:;)

TheRustyScupper
08-19-2011, 01:17 PM
1) You can buy and serve all the booze to under 21 you like.
2) Just remember
. . . in Florida it is called contributing to the delinquency of a minor
. . . it is a Class-A misdemeanor
. . . up to 1-yr jail and $4,000 fine for first offense
. . . in Florida, this counts even if "looking the other way" *
. . . so, you don't actually have to buy it to be fined/imprisoned

* This is a special provision in Florida to stop open house parties
where parents don't actually give booze but allow drinking in their home.

TwoIfBySea
08-19-2011, 01:47 PM
> you could well be ID'd even in your 30's or 40's

Yup. Late 40's here and was recently carded at a restaurant in the USA before they'd give me a glass of wine :).

On the other hand, when I was 15 and at a restaurant in Paris by myself, they offered me a carafe of wine without any concerns (I probably looked older than 15, but not MUCH older). [No, I didn't purchase it. I wasn't interested in wine back then. And it would have been outside my budget anyhow.]

Minnesota!
08-19-2011, 01:54 PM
No. She cannot drink. The drinking age is 21. I think a couple of states allow parents to give their child a drink in their own home. Never in public and never in a restaurant/bar.

Not true...you can drink at a bar in WI as long as your parents are there and have given permission. Our cabin was in WI growing up....I am very familiar with the drinking laws there :rotfl2:

21 to drink is NOT the hardfast law in all states in the US.

Some states allow children/spouses to drink under the age of 21 if their legal guardian is with them and purchasing the drinks. This includes restaurants and other purblic spaces NOT just homes.

Military bases also allow soldiers 18 years of age to purchase and consume alcohol.

However Florida does NOT allow this. You must be 21 to purchase and consume alcohol.

:thumbsup2

disnut8
08-19-2011, 05:30 PM
Remember your ID if you want to drink.

Please remember this!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Since you aren't from the US and aren't accustomed to our laws, I cannot tell you how important it is to always have a photo ID with you if you even think you want to have an alcoholic beverage. Even if you are 80 years old there are some places that will refuse to serve you any alcohol, won't even let you buy any alcohol, unless you have a photo ID on you.

Disney World is not that bad but it's a really good idea to have that photo ID on you. Also, Disney has a two alcoholic beverage policy (it used to be one but they changed it in the past couple of years). You will not be allowed to buy more than two alcoholic beverages with only one legal person in the party.

handinpocket
08-19-2011, 05:37 PM
Seriously, just buy your daughter the wine and give it to her. There will not be a cop there demanding ID. If she is 19, she looks close enough to 21.

Mrsjvb
08-19-2011, 06:05 PM
seriously you are telling an INTERNATIONAL visitor to break local law?!

the server has every right to demand ID of EVERYONE drinking, regardless of who bough the wine.

so not worth the possibility of being deported unceremoniously in the middle of one's Holiday.

mackay_j
08-19-2011, 06:15 PM
don't panic - there is no way I going to break any law- thats why I asked.

The 2 drinks thing is interesting- does that mean that unless more than 2 eating are above 21 you cannot order a bottle of wine as it has more than 2 glasses per adult.:confused3. It's no wonder there are so many bottles of california wine in my local supermarket :rotfl2:

Mrsjvb
08-19-2011, 06:44 PM
don't panic - there is no way I going to break any law- thats why I asked.

The 2 drinks thing is interesting- does that mean that unless more than 2 eating are above 21 you cannot order a bottle of wine as it has more than 2 glasses per adult.:confused3. It's no wonder there are so many bottles of california wine in my local supermarket :rotfl2:

think we all realized that you had made your decision and DD will just have to beg to come back next year when she CAN drink hehehh.

I THINK..and I may be wrong cuz there is just the 2 of us and we are both waaaaayyyyy over 21 that the 2 drink limit is 'at a time' and pertains more to cocktails rather than bottles of tasty fermented grape juice.

so a party that consists of 2 legal adult and 2 underaged can only buy 2 drinks at a time, to prevent ..sharing. 'sides who wants a watered down margarita anyway.. by the time you finish the first one, the second will be all gross and weak.

I know I have purchased bottles before when there have been underaged kids at the table.. course they only brought out glasses for the old fogies heheheh

handinpocket
08-19-2011, 06:52 PM
seriously you are telling an INTERNATIONAL visitor to break local law?!

the server has every right to demand ID of EVERYONE drinking, regardless of who bough the wine.

so not worth the possibility of being deported unceremoniously in the middle of one's Holiday.

OMG, drama queen much? Nothing is going to result from a parent buying their almost adult child an alcoholic beverage at WDW. Unless they are going around screaming they are underage, no one is going to think twice.

canopynut66
08-19-2011, 06:56 PM
I know that under 21's cannot buy alcohol in the US. But is it OK for an adult to give them a drink if they buy it. My DD will be 19 and although she doesn't drink much she does enjoy the odd glass of wine with a special meal. I know that in some countries the age for adults to give alcohol to teens is diff than the age they can buy it for themselves, what is the possition in the US, as I do not want to do anything wrong.




21:thumbsup2

LilyWDW
08-19-2011, 07:00 PM
OMG, drama queen much? Nothing is going to result from a parent buying their almost adult child an alcoholic beverage at WDW. Unless they are going around screaming they are underage, no one is going to think twice.

They can ask who the person is buying the drink for and require ID for the other person.

Though the OP said they would not do this, it simply would not be worth the consequences if they DID get caught.

Mrsjvb
08-19-2011, 07:04 PM
OMG, drama queen much? Nothing is going to result from a parent buying their almost adult child an alcoholic beverage at WDW. Unless they are going around screaming they are underage, no one is going to think twice.

I was also under the impression that these boards DO NOT permit 'advice' on rule/law breaking.

I also follow the local laws of wherever I visit, whether or not I agree with them or they are similar to my country's. When in Rome( or orlando...)

you do NOT wanna know what Japan does to people who break their drinking laws. not even military personnel with SOFA status are immune.

its attitudes like this that make it much harder for everyone else. and you DO NOT know what will or will not happen. maybe the OPs daughter is adult enough to handle a single glass of wine. but somebody else comes along, reads this and decides.,. yeehaw, time to get drunk in Mouse Town cuz some random dude sez it's okay for me to cooerce Mom unto running a bar tab. Hey, I'm 20 and almost an Adult!

and then they fondle some 12 year old in the pool.

handinpocket
08-19-2011, 07:09 PM
I was also under the impression that these boards DO NOT permit 'advice' on rule/law breaking.

I also follow the local laws of wherever I visit, whether or not I agree with them or they are similar to my country's. When in Rome( or orlando...)

you do NOT wanna know what Japan does to people who break their drinking laws. not even military personnel with SOFA status are immune.

its attitudes like this that make it much harder for everyone else. and you DO NOT know what will or will not happen. maybe the OPs daughter is adult enough to handle a single glass of wine. but somebody else comes along, reads this and decides.,. yeehaw, time to get drunk in Mouse Town cuz some random dude sez it's okay for me to cooerce Mom unto running a bar tab. Hey, I'm 20 and almost an Adult!

and then they fondle some 12 year old in the pool.

Ok, I don't think you can honestly post and expect to be taken seriously after that leap.

I don't really care what the OP does. I was just letting her know, that it would probably never be remarked upon if she did decide to buy her almost adult child a drink.

Mrsjvb
08-19-2011, 07:21 PM
Ok, I don't think you can honestly post and expect to be taken seriously after that leap.
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tell that to the 19 year old( well he's closer to 26 now) doing 15 years in a Japanese prison after daddy did exactly that.. supplied Junior with beer at a party and he tried to get into a 12 year old Japanese girl's panties.

Junior is spending quality time in the Japanese penal system, daddy got busted outta the Navy..lost his retirement and everything. oh and the Missus divorced him. I still email her on occasion.

under no circumstances will i EVER advise or condone anyone who does so the breaking of legal law..anywhere. I may not agree with the law, I may think it's stupid or that nothing truly terrible will happen if they do break it. all it takes is for somebody somewhere to decide to make an example out of the next scofflaw.

How willing are YOU to be the one who gets to pay the price?

Poohforyou
08-19-2011, 08:20 PM
tell that to the 19 year old( well he's closer to 26 now) doing 15 years in a Japanese prison after daddy did exactly that.. supplied Junior with beer at a party and he tried to get into a 12 year old Japanese girl's panties.

Junior is spending quality time in the Japanese penal system, daddy got busted outta the Navy..lost his retirement and everything. oh and the Missus divorced him. I still email her on occasion.

under no circumstances will i EVER advise or condone anyone who does so the breaking of legal law..anywhere. I may not agree with the law, I may think it's stupid or that nothing truly terrible will happen if they do break it. all it takes is for somebody somewhere to decide to make an example out of the next scofflaw.

How willing are YOU to be the one who gets to pay the price?

I doubt this person would have been much of a model citizen at 21 if this is how he behaved at 19.

If I were in the OP's position I wouldn't allow my 19 yo to drink in a restaurant because it is likely someone would notice. However, I might just buy something at one of the stands in WS and let her have it as we walked around.

albertagirl
08-19-2011, 08:30 PM
Come to Alberta. Our drinking age is 18 :thumbsup2

EPCOTatNight
08-19-2011, 09:08 PM
21 to drink is NOT the hardfast law in all states in the US.

Some states allow children/spouses to drink under the age of 21 if their legal guardian is with them and purchasing the drinks. This includes restaurants and other purblic spaces NOT just homes.

Military bases also allow soldiers 18 years of age to purchase and consume alcohol.

However Florida does NOT allow this. You must be 21 to purchase and consume alcohol.

Bolded is not true. Believe me, I know. And it's my wife's job to know.

coltsfanatic
08-19-2011, 09:28 PM
I'll be the same age as your daughter when we go too. I enjoy the occasional Pina Colada or Mimosa as well. In the state where I'm from, if your parents directly hand you an alcoholic beverage, it is legal to drink. However and unfortunately, legally in FLORIDA it is illegal to drink under 21, regardless of parents, etc. :confused3 :headache:

Tricia1972
08-19-2011, 09:37 PM
The question as it pertains to Disney Restaurants or Trip Planning has been answered and this is veering WAY off topic.