DC Trawler

“Mommy, can I have another beer?”

In vino veritas. And the veritas is, most people who are interested in drinking alcohol don’t wait until their 21st birthday to do so. I mean, I did, of course. But I saw a lot of people who didn’t. And incidentally, they did a lot of really stupid stuff. Which, for some reason, I can’t seem to remember all that clearly…

Anyway, one Colorado pol recognizes this reality, and he wants to use it as an opportunity to make alcohol consumption even more of a family pastime than it is already. Greg Campbell reports:

Republican Colorado Sen. Greg Brophy wants to let parents buy their kids a cold beer, a glass of wine or a bourbon on the rocks when they go out for a family dinner — as long as the children are 18 or older.

His bill in the state legislature would exempt people 18 and older from the 21-year-old minimum drinking age at bars, taverns and restaurants if they are 18 years old and accompanied by a parent.

The idea for the bill, Brophy said, came when he took his then-20-year-old daughter out for a birthday celebration and realized he couldn’t buy her a glass of wine to toast the occasion.

I guess it wouldn’t do for her to flash her fake ID in front of her dad.

It’s a good idea. What 18-year-old doesn’t want to go out drinkin’ with Mom & Dad? Hey, if you’re going to be on their health insurance until you’re 26, you might as well get started early on your liver.