Monday, March 9, 2015

Underage Drinking - St. Patrick's Day

New Website and Parenting Resource

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are around the corner…Did you know there is a law targeting parents that is so broadly written, even the people who endorse it are getting trapped by it?  Parents, school board members, town council members, even college professors have lost their jobs or been criminally charged because they’ve been accused of being a Social Host

Who is a Social Host ?
Being called a Social Host means you’ve been charged with an unintended crime of allowing teens to drink in your home. Not buying alcohol for teens or serving alcohol to teens; just not doing enough to prevent them from drinking in your home.

Why should responsible parents be concerned?
Because depending on how the law is written in your community, you could be arrested when a teenager drinks in your home--even if you’re not there! Just last week, a father in Washington State was charged as a Social Host while he was out-of-town because his son was mobbed by teens wanting to party in a parent-less home. 

To understand the social host laws in your community (and nationally), I encourage you to visit the new website ( and to LIKE them on Facebook ( is the source for parents and families for:
  • Helping parents navigate the tricky issues of underage drinking and the law
  • The latest news and research on underage drinking
  • Resources to share with your friends and family
  • Community and Connection
  • And more

We are spreading the word on how to pair good parenting and responsible citizenship, to protect your children, your family and yourself. 

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