What Parents Need to Know About Underage Drinking!


County
Nov 19, 2018
12:00 PM
Photo by: Prevention Action Alliance

Know the Law:

• 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 or on your property.

• You cannot allow a person under 21, other than your own child, to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol.

• Others can sue you if you give alcohol to anyone under 21, and they, in turn, hurt someone or damage property.

 

The 2017 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey states:

• 5% of Maine’s 5th and 6th grade students report they have ever had a drink of alcohol

• 4% of Maine’s Middle School students report they drank alcohol at least once in the past 30 days

• 23% of Maine’s High School students report they drank alcohol at least once in the past 30 days

 

 

• When drinking is delayed until age 21, a child’s risk of serious alcohol problems is decreased by 70%.

• Taking away the car keys does not solve all the problems related to underage drinking. Underage drinkers are more at risk for homicides, suicides, falls, burns, drowning, stealing, and skipping school. In addition, underage drinkers engage in more risky behaviors such as illicit drug use, and increased sexual behaviors.

 

Tips for Parents:

• Refuse to allow or supply alcohol to anyone under 21.

• Be present and involved if your teen has a party.

• 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.

 

Sources for the above statistics, as well as other facts are available in the Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don't be a party to teenage drinking Member Center at DrugFreeActionAlliance.org and MIYHS website – https://data.mainepublichealth.gov/miyhs.

 

To find out how you can become involved locally, contact Wanda Gamage-Wyman, Substance Use Prevention Coordinator, Knox County Community Health Coalition – 236-6313 Ext. 2; wgamagewymankcchc@gmail.com Knox County Community Health Coalition provides substance use prevention services in Knox and Waldo Counties, and is a division of Penobscot Bay YMCA.