Strong majority approve of letting adults over 18 drink with a parent – 527 participants

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. On July 5, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should New Hampshire allow adults between age 18 and 21 to drink alcohol under the supervision of a parent or guardian?”

“Should New Hampshire allow adults between age 18 and 21 to drink alcohol under the supervision of a parent or guardian?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Drinking Age New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

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. 

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