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Legal consequences of providing alcohol to minors

Legal consequences of providing alcohol to minors

Have you ever wondered about what would happen if you allowed teens to drink in your home? Perhaps your son or daughter has asked you to buy him or her alcohol, or to provide drinks for a party. First of all, we encourage you to have a conversation with them about why underage drinking is dangerous and harmful. You can find some tips for that conversation here. Second, don’t forget that if you provide alcohol to minors you are putting yourself at risk for a few serious legal consequences.

As a parent, it is your responsibility to teach your child right from wrong. You may have a great relationship with your son or daughter, but at the end of the day they need you as a parent to set healthy guidelines and expectations for them as they grow and mature into a young adult.

It is not cool or hip to host drinking parties for your teens and their friends. In fact, it is illegal and very dangerous. While there are consequences for teens caught drinking underage, there are also potential criminal and civil penalties for adults that allow underage teens to drink on their property. Allowing underage drinking in your home can lead to drinking and driving related car wrecks, alcohol poisoning, sexual assault or serious injuries.

In the state of Missouri, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase or consume alcohol. It is a class B misdemeanor to allow a person under the age of 21 to consume or possess alcohol on your property or on property that you occupy. It is also a misdemeanor if you fail to stop a teen from drinking, unless you are their parent.

This is punishable up to:

  • Six months in jail, and a
  • $500 fine


If that isn’t a scary enough, a second of subsequent violation of this section this section is a class A misdemeanor. This means that a second violator could face up to $1000 in fines and up to one year in jail.  

Having a permissive attitude toward underage drinking can have dangerous consequences for you, your teen, and their friends. For the safety of your family and your community, be a parent when it comes to underage drinking and encourage your kids to stay safe and sober. 

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