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Minors drinking with parents

LA CROSSE (WXOW) -- If you've been in Linda McCarty's shoes, then you know what it's like to have an 18-year-old who wants to drink.

"He can do it with me at home or something," she says.

When it comes to taking her son to a bar, Linda says no.

"I just know my son," she says.  "Is he a responsible person? No he's not, not at 18."

Linda's friend Vickie Hogden doesn't have kids, but if she did, she says she would use the law to teach her kids how to drink responsibly.

"It's not a different culture," Vickie says.  "It's just learning to deal with your environment."

The current law says any minor can come in and drink with a parent, but both Linda and Vickie say there's a line to consider.

"18, I would never bring anyone younger in," Vickie says.

Wisconsin lawmakers put forth a bill requiring anyone drinking with a parent to be 18 or older.

The CDC says over 4500 youth under 21 died in 2008 due to heavy or binge drinking.

Sean Mueller owns George Street Pub.

"If they start letting you do it a little early, I guess when you get to that age it's not a big deal," Mueller says.

He says age doesn't matter, as long as you're with a responsible adult.

"They're gonna do it regardless," Mueller says.  "Why not be with your parents so they can keep an eye on ya?"

Linda, though, won't be persuaded to bring her son into a bar anytime soon.

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