Is it legal if minors drink alcohol in their own home with parental consent? 2 Answers as of April 10, 2014

If a person under 21 years of age is given an alcoholic beverage by their parent or legal guardian, is it legal?

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Lawyer for Indie Media | Sue Basko
In Illinois, minors may consume alcohol in a religious ceremony and minors may consume alcohol in a private home under the direct supervision and with the approval of their parent. Of course, other laws will come into play if the minor is too young, given too much alcohol, or given alcohol for abusive purposes. Obviously, giving a 12 year old a beer for breakfast is not going to be okay. Letting a 16 year old enjoy a drink at home with a family meal is legal.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 4/10/2014
Sebby Law Office
Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
As long as it happens only at home, infrequently, and the child does not become intoxicated, it is usually legal. However, if this happens frequently, occurs in other places, and/or the child becomes intoxicated, the parents can and will be arrested for child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, etc. FYI: statistics show that many children who are allowed or encouraged to drink alcohol or take other intoxicants at a young age have problems with excessive drinking or drug use as adults.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 4/10/2014
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