There have been a number of Forum threads that resulted from a recent incident in Menlo Park involving underage drinking under adult supervision. Since this forum is intended to be " a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion" perhaps it would be useful to discuss this issue without reference to any specific incident.
1 - Do you think that it is OK to break the law, i.e. to permit underage people to drink alcoholic beverages with adult supervision ?
2- Is it a good thing to permit underage people to drink alcoholic beverages with adult supervision ?
My view on the first question is that we live in a democratic society which has agreed to a body of laws and that we therefore are expected to obey those laws. If we disagree with a specific law we can advocate for a change in that law.
On the second question the data that I can find clearly shows that it is NOT a good idea to permit underage people to drink alcoholic beverages with adult supervision.
"youngsters who drank in front of adults were more likely to have drinking problems several years later than those who abstained."
"Kids need parents to be parents and not drinking buddies. Adults need to be clear about what messages they are sending. Kids need black and white messages early on. Such messages will help reinforce limits as teens get older and opportunities to drink increase,"
What are your views on the first question and what data can you provide on the second question?