Alcohol kills 4 times more young people than all illegal drugs combined. A study from the Journal of Studies on Alcohol found that underage drinking leads to almost 3,200 deaths and 2.6 million other harmful events, from serious injury to high-risk sex among youth, every year.
Underage drinking parties harm teens, even if you take away the keys. Hosting an underage drinking party is illegal. If you are found hosting a party where you knew teens were drinking illegally or using other drugs:
- You may be charged with a misdemeanor
- You could be fined up to $2,000
- You could spend up to a year in jail
You could also be held liable for any accidents or other problems that happen at the party.
Minors who are caught with alcohol could lose their driver’s license, college scholarships or car. They may be fined up to $600 just for drinking at a party.
Don’t host parties with alcohol and stand up to others who provide alcohol to minors. Don’t let other people make decisions for your children. Call 211 to report an underage drinking party confidentially. Together, we can keep our community safe.