Nope. Though in Oregon, using or manufacturing methamphetamine on the premises is.
Anybody can accuse anyone of anything. In my experience, custody cases raise all sorts of accusations. It may be that the NY Times is under-reporting, but it’s not illegal to drink when children are around.
I suspect that the lady meant “heavy drinking.” I.e. they were alcoholics.
Going from my cousins’ experience, I’m going to have to vote that if you’re an alcoholic, then probably drinking in front of the kids is abuse. Even if only because they know what you’re going to be like in an hour or two and have to watch it happen.
Apparently some school districts believe it to be a nothing-short-of-mortal-sin. My cousin, a well-respected teacher in a small town was seen having a beer with dinner at a local restaurant/bar. She was not intoxicated nor were her dinner guests. Apparently some goody-two-shoes parent got in the face of the school board and my cousin was formally reprimanded for consuming alcohol in public!!! :rolleyes:
Yes, this could be construed as reasonable, while the notion of simply having a cocktail in front of one’s children as being “abuse” is simply ridiculous.
Basically, I’d look at it this way - glass of wine at dinner? Who cares?
Kill a case of Heineken (or whatever alcoholics drink) night after night in front of children and then go into a verbal and/or physical rage afterwards - whether toward them or toward others (spouse etc.) is still essentially abusive, or at least creating a very negative environment for the children.
Alcoholics don’t necessarily drink large quantities of alcohol, but in the case of the OP, I’d say anyone who fosters a negative environ for their children; this would mean an unsafe environment, would be considered doing the child(ren) harm.
Drinking a beer, or a glass of wine - non-alcoholically - is not a problem and as people have said, happens the world over. It’s when children are endangere that the issue arises.