Should New Hampshire let adults aged 18 to 21 drink with a parent?
Jul 05, 2017
New Hampshire legislators have considered allowing adults between age 18 and 21 to drink under the supervision of a parent or guardian, but no bill has passed. Read more about this issue here.
"Should New Hampshire let adults aged 18 to 21 drink with a parent?"
Participation: 527 participants gave 956 responses.
A total of 88% of those participating gave a ‘yes or no’ response to the question. The remaining 12% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a ‘yes or no’ response. In total, 527 individuals from New Hampshire contributed a total of 956 responses or reactions to this question. Click here for details on our methodology.
What Participants Said
Yes: A strong majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 85%, were in favor of allowing adults between age 18 and 21 to drink alcohol under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
- “Yes, if under supervision. Teen binge drinking and teen alcoholism has gone down in the 45 states that allow [drinking under] adult supervision.”
- “Yes. Teach them to drink responsibly before they leave home, and it won't be such a big deal when they're on their own.”
- “I grew up when 18 was legal. If you can serve in the military and vote then having a drink with family is fine.”
No: A minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 15%, were opposed to of allowing adults between age 18 and 21 to drink alcohol under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
- “I'm going with no simply because the brain hasn't finished developing at 18.”
- “Aren't there enough alcohol related problems already without lowering the drinking age?”
- “I say we have it all backwards. Science has shown maturity is reached at 21 years. This ought to be the age of legal adulthood - including voting, military service, marriage, drinking.”
Other: As noted above, 12% of those participating did not give a ‘yes or no’ response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:
- Marijuana policy: “Legalizing pot would be safer.”
- Alcohol consumption: “I do not see any need to drink… I don’t need my mind altered to deal with life.”
- Alternative policies: “I would keep [allowing it] to just military men and women.”
*Editor selection of actual participant quotes.