5/20/2019, 2:27:49 PM
Parents play a major role in their children’s choices about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. In a National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University survey to parents and teens, one-third of teen partygoers have been to parties where teens were drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, or using cocaine, ecstasy or prescription drugs while a parent was present. By age 17, nearly half of teens have been at parties where parents were present.
The Rocky River
City School District has partnered with Drug Free Action Alliance to
reinforce our community message that underage drinking is unsafe, unhealthy and
With prom and graduation season upon us, it is
imperative for parents to be aware of the increased risk of teen alcohol
parties occurring and the potential dangers that accompany those alcohol-fueled
gatherings. It is important for parents to proactively take measures to help
ensure these special times are fun, yet safe and drug-free for their teens.
The Drug-Free Action Alliance has developed the Parents Who Host, Lose the Most public
awareness campaign to provide parents with accurate information about the
health risks of underage drinking and the legal consequences of providing
alcohol to youth. The campaign encourages parents and the community to send a
unified message at prom and graduation time that teen alcohol consumption is
not acceptable. It is illegal, unsafe and unhealthy for anyone under age 21 to
- As a parent, you cannot give alcohol to your teen’s friends under the age of 21, under any circumstance, even in your own home, even with their parent’s permission.
- You cannot knowingly allow a person under 21, other than your own child, to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol.
If you break
- You can face a maximum
sentence of six months in jail and/or a $1,000.00 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 property used in committing the offense.
can do as a parent:
- 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
to local law enforcement.
- It is illegal to host or
allow teen drinking parties in your home.
- It is unhealthy for anyone
under age 21 to drink.
- It is unsafe and illegal
for teens to drink and drive.
- Parents can be prosecuted
under the law.
- Everything associated with
a violation, such as personal property, can be confiscated.