- You cannot give alcohol to your children's friends under 21 years of age under any circumstances, even in your own home, even with their parents' permission.
- You cannot knowingly allow a person under 21 years of age to remain in your home or on your property while they are consuming or possessing alcoholic beverages.
If you break the law
- You can face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or $1,000 fine.
- Others can sue you if you give alcohol to anyone under 21 years of age and they, in turn, hurt someone or damage property.
- Friends, neighbors, and acquaintances will call you an irresponsible parent, or worse.
Prevention is the key
- Talk to your children about alcohol and the law.
- Lock up all your alcohol, including beer, just as you would lock your car in a parking lot.
- Be at home when your children have parties. Do not provide alcohol or allow drinking.
- Call the police if you know of underage persons purchasing or consuming alcohol.
- Parents' attitudes and behavior about alcohol influence the attitudes and behaviors of their children.
- Twice as many teens and young adults die each year in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents than died each year in combat during the Vietnam conflict.
Do not offer your teen a beer or other alcohol on his or her birthday.