Drinking in california

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  1. Lucille1963

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  3. suzannen

    suzannen <font color=green>Have too many rules for my coffe

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    That's actually a misconception - there are 40 States that Allow Underage Consumption under circumstances. I know NY is one of 11 states that a bar or restaurant is allowed to serve a minor if the guardian is present; waiters always ask my DH & I if they should put down a wine or champagne glass for our 18 year old. (And, she can legally drink almost every where else in the world).

    Here is a breakdown by state.
    http://drinkingage.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=002591#H
     
  4. BlueBayou

    BlueBayou <font color=blue>Stop trolling, and reel 'er in!<f

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    Not sure what Texas law is now - (I was in HS when it changed to 21). But you could legally drink at a restaurant/bar (we lived in a county where you and to be a member of the restaurant's "club" in order to purchase an adult beverage) in the late 80s if your parent handed you the drink.

    One time when we were in our small town mexican food restaurant I tried to order a margarita when I was over 21 but did not have an ID with me (and I looked extremely young for my age). The server asked if they were my parents - and they said yes. The waitress said that they had to order the drink and hand it to me. I asked my mom, who volunteered at the police department, about the strange law and she explained it. I guess it was routed in personal freedom - as a parent you have the right to determine what is right for your kids.

    But this never applied to supplying alcohol to anyone other than your own children (Parents still very legally responsible for supplying booze for HS keg parties etc).

    But like I said this was in the mid-to-late 80s and Texas may no longer allow parent to had drinks to their kids.
     
  5. StageTek

    StageTek It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

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    That's fascinating. So legally a parent could bring their 10 year old to a bar in Wisconsin and buy her a beer. A sports team of 12 to 14 year olds could head to a bar after a game as long as each child had their parent there in the bar with them.
     
  6. Lucille1963

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    You can read the text at the Wisconsin Department of Revenue site that I quoted above. It also allows the holder of the liquor license to serve the accompanied minor at their discretion. So I highly doubt either of your scenarios would happen.
     
  7. StageTek

    StageTek It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

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    I did read the text. Thanks you for the link - it was very interesting.

    I understand that either scenario is unlikely to happen - what I found interesting is that legally a parent could buy a ten year old a beer in a bar. And that legally a group of parents could take their Little League team to a bar for beers after a game. It's interesting to me that in Wisconsin there is legally no "drinking age" - only the age when a person can legally buy a drink without a parent being present. That's different than where I live and I found it interesting.

    And in NYC an adult cannot buy a 32 ounce soda....
     
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    Drinking age is established by state law. However, there is a federal law that will penalize a state with 10% loss of federal highway funding if they don't have a drinking age of at least 21. The last state to raise the age to 21 did so in 1988. A few territories still have it at 18 even though it means a loss of federal highway funding.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Minimum_Drinking_Age_Act

     
  9. Lucille1963

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    My very limited real life experience comes from working at a place not far from Wisconsin, where Wisconsin people liked to frequent. Every so often, a parent would try to order a drink or give a drink to their "child", not realizing that the laws in Illinois were so different. FWIW, it was never anyone near the age of 10, it was more like their "child" who was a legal adult, old enough to vote, fight in a war, etc. It is an unusual law, but it does kind of make sense.
    I can only recall one parent who got a little ticked at me, to whom I calmly explained not only the fines to the business, but to me personally on top of losing my job.
     
  10. caffingdu

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    It is a little ridiculous that you can get your hands on deadly assault rifles in this country so easily, but you can't have a drink, no matter how low the alcohol content and with very little exceptions, until you're 21. But, that's the law in this country...

    By the way, when the law talks about small exceptions, they means things like religious reasons. For example, I believe that it's perfectly legal for a minor to have a sip of wine at church as part of communion ceremonies... But in general, it is illegal for you to drink in public, or even in private, until you're 21.
     

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