Ohio Alcohol Rules: How Can A Parent Promote Moderation?
Ohio Alcohol Rules Allow For Drinking In The Home
It is commonly asserted that under-age drinking laws make it illegal for anyone in the US under the age of 21 to drink alcohol. However, that is simply not true. Mothers Against Drunk Driver (MADD) has made it their mission to prohibit all underage drinking, but many parents advocate an approach which teaches children to use alcohol in a moderate and responsible manner. This myth about under-age drinking laws intimidates many parents into not teaching their children how to drink safely and in moderation and is thus seen as counterproductive.
A government report to Congress identified the conditions in which so-called underage persons can legally drink alcoholic beverages. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking 2013. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013 (December). Publication ID: PEP13-RTCUAD.
According to research, many groups around the world have learned how to consume alcohol widely with almost no problems. Those familiar to most Americans include Italians, Jews, and Greeks. The success of such groups has three parts: 1) beliefs about the substance of alcohol, 2) the act of drinking, and 3) education about drinking.
In these successful groups:
- the substance of alcohol is seen as neutral. It is neither a terrible poison nor is it a magic substance that can transform people into what they would like to be
- The act of drinking is seen as natural and normal. While there is little or no social pressure to drink, there is absolutely no tolerance for abusive drinking
- Education about alcohol starts early and starts in the home. Young people are taught — through their parents’ good example and under their supervision — that if they drink, they must do so moderately and responsibly
This three-part approach has enabled many groups to avoid the alcohol abuse problems that have plagued our society. Yet our federal government and others fail to learn from the experience of successful groups, opting instead to portray alcohol as a “dirty drug” to be feared and avoided; to promote abstinence as the best choice for all people; and to work toward reducing all, including moderate and responsible, consumption of alcohol beverages.
Ohio alcohol rules allow for this approach. And while campaigns like “Parents Who Host Lost The Most” is meant to intimidate, you still have the right to teach your children in the manner you see fit. In Ohio, an underage person can consume alcohol with either parent/guardian or spouse. If you feel this method is for you, please consider all of the consequences and the messages it will send to your child. If both parents are not 100% in agreement about their messages about alcohol, you can be setting everyone up for failure.
Alcohol use in the home is a very controversial topic so put thought into how you will treat it in your house. Ohio alcohol rules frequently change, so talk to family, friends, professionals, and others to make sure you are complying with the rules.