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Teens Drinking At Home

If teens will drink anyway, isn’t it better they do it in the safety of my house?

Answer:

NO! Besides the DUI risk, if anyone leaves your house intoxicated, alcohol consumption by persons under the legal drinking age of 21 (Underage Drinking) is against the law and Illinois specifies legal consequences for anyone facilitating underage drinking including adults and parents.  Hosts permitting minors to possess or consume alcohol at their residence or on their property (even if the gathering is BYOB) shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and a minimum fine of $500. 

The law makes no exceptions for parents.  Minors misrepresenting their age to obtain/purchase alcohol or who possess alcohol in a public place may be jailed up to 1 year and fined $2,500.  According to the 2012 Monitoring the Future Survey from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, alcohol remains the substance most widely used by today’s teenagers. Seven out of every ten students (69%) have consumed alcohol (more than just a few sips) by the end of high school, and three out of ten have done so by 8th grade.  In 2012, over half (54%) of 12th graders reported having been drunk at least once in their life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol is responsible for more than 4,300 annual deaths among underage youth.  



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