SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- If you're under the age of 21 and you live in Missouri, you can legally drink. The idea behind this caveat -- and Missouri is certainly not alone in it -- is to give parents some control over their childrens' alcohol consumption by ensuring they're present when it happens.
Kyle Pierson just turned 21, and he enjoys a beer every once in a while. But that's not much different from when he was 18, 19, and 20.
"My first drink was probably around high school," he said.
That's no secret now and wasn't a secret then. Pierson's parents let him try alcohol at home -- legally.
"Underage drinking, under the age of 21, the law basically says you're not supposed to consume alcohol. It would be a crime if you were caught in posession of alcohol and there's even a law that would allow the prosecution of consumption of alcohol if you're under 21," said Greene County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Todd Myers.
The exception is if you do it at home with mom and dad's blessing.