Parents Who Host Lose The Most: Don’t Be a Party to Underage Drinking

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A Unified Message:

    • Parents play a major role in their children’s choices about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
    • Most teenagers appreciate when their parents set boundaries and fairly enforce expectations
    • Adults hosting underage drinking parties:
      • Send a mixed message about the acceptability of drinking
      • Show youth they don’t have to obey laws
      • Contribute to the misperception that all youth drink

Know the Risks:

    • Taking away the car keys does not solve all of the problems related to underage drinking
    • 6 people under 21 die every day from non-driving, alcohol related accidents, such as drowning, falls and suicide
    • Unwanted sex and delinquent behaviors increase with underage drinking
    • Underage alcohol use has been reported to be involved in 36% of homicides, 12% of male suicides and 8% of female suicides
    • Young people seem to be aware that using alcohol influences their decisions about sexual behavior: 29% of 15-to-17 year olds and 37% of 18-to-24 year olds said that alcohol or drugs influenced their decision to do something sexual

If your child drinks alcohol, it is likely that alcohol will affect the development of his brain:

    • During adolescence, brain organization and function enters a unique period of flux.
    • It takes about 21 years for the human brain to build the necessary foundation on which all future development will depend.

If your teenager drinks alcohol, he will be at greater risk of having alcohol problems as an adult:

    • Of adults who began drinking before age 15, approximately 40% report signs of alcohol dependence, which is four times higher than for adults who did not drink alcohol until 21.

What Parents Should Know:

    • As a parent, it is against the law to provide alcohol to teens under age 21 under any circumstances, even in your own home, even with their parents’ permission
    • It is illegal to knowingly provide a place for a person under the age of 21 to consume or possess alcohol or to allow this to occur on your premises, even if you haven’t provided the alcohol itself
    • With minors 18 years of age or older, you could face a maximum sentence of up to 6 months in jail and a $1000 fine.
    • With minors UNDER the age of 18, you could face a maximum sentence of up to 1 year in jail and a $5000 fine.
    • Others can sue you if you give alcohol to anyone under 21 and they, in turn, hurt someone, hurt themselves or damage property
    • Officers can take any alcohol, money or personal property used in conjunction with the offense

Know the Risks:

    • It is illegal to host or allow teen drinking parties in your home
    • It is unhealthy for anyone under 21 to consume alcohol
    • It is unsafe and illegal for anyone to drink and drive
    • Parents can be prosecuted under Indiana’s Social Host Law
    • Refuse to supply alcohol to anyone under 21
    • Be at home when your teen has a party
    • Make sure that alcohol is not brought into your home or property by your teen’s friends
    • Talk to other parents about not providing alcohol at other events your child will be attending
    • Create alcohol-free opportunities and activities in your home so teens feel welcome


Report underage drinking PARTIES to local law enforcement 

Scott County Sheriff’s Department

Anonymous Tip Line:  (812) 752-7898