Parental Rights Threatened
Both common law and tradition permit parents to serve their children alcohol. Italian-Americans, Jewish-Americans, Greek-Americans, Portuguese-Americans and many others traditionally serve their children alcohol at meals and other occasions. And these groups have very low rates of alcohol-related problems, partly because they teach their young people how to drink in moderation. They also eliminate alcoholic beverages as enticing “forbidden fruits.”
Now a legislative group in Missouri is proposing a further crackdown that would violate parental rights to serve their own children alcohol within the confines of their own home, which is currently legal in Missouri and many other states. The Joint Interim Committee to Study the Effects of Underage Drinking recommends that it be a crime for parents to serve their children alcohol on their own property.
Ironically, the committee notes that fewer young people now drink alcohol than in the past.
- Lieb, David A. Tougher laws proposed to fight underage drinking Legislative panel recommends stronger penalties, closing loopholes. Springfield News-Leader, November 13, 2004.