You may be wondering why you are hearing or seeing different things with Parents Who Host, Lose the Most. Around this time of year two major events take place for high school students, prom and graduation. There is sometimes the expectation of drinking alcohol at after parties. The campaign, Parents Who Host, Lose the Most is to help educate parents and concerned adults about the risks associated with providing a place for minors to consume and possess alcohol.
As adults, we may feel as though we are doing the right thing by providing a “safe place for teens to drink. The thought being if the keys are taken away then the teens cannot drive while under the influence. This is not a legal option. It is illegal to provide a place for minors to drink alcohol, even if you have been given permission from his or her parents. You can be arrested for furnishing alcohol to a minor. In both instances, an adult could be charged, have to spend up to 1 year in jail and pay up to a $2,000 fine. On top of this, a parent or guardian, of one of the teens at the party, could sue the parent who provided the place for teens to drink. The adult who owns or rents the property can be held responsible for any injuries which occur on or off of the property. This is even if you are not home during the party.
During this time the Androscoggin County Alcohol Enforcement Team will be doing patrols of areas where there is a high possibility of a party, store surveillance and investigations of adults who buy alcohol for minors, arrests of adults who furnish alcohol or provide a place for minors to consume alcohol, and compliance checks for stores that sell alcohol. As law enforcement is doing their part to prevent underage drinking you can do your part.
As a parent or concerned adult you can help prevent underage drinking by not providing a place for minors to consume alcohol, refusing to buy/provide alcohol to minors, talk to other parents about not providing a place for minors to consume alcohol, report underage drinking to your local law enforcement agency, be at home while your teen has people over, and you can provide a place and things to do which do not involve alcohol.