What would happen if you allowed teens to drink in your home?
Picture this situation.
Your son or daughter is planning on throwing a party at your house to celebrate a long weekend. While you’re out shopping for snacks, your son or daughter asks you to buy a few drinks for the festivities. What do you do? Is your first instinct to give in? What could possibly go wrong?
The first thing to consider if this conversation comes up is how you can use it to begin a conversation. Set guidelines to help your teen grow and mature into a healthy adult.
Talk with them about why they want to have it. Find out if they are feeling peer pressure Or if they know why underage drinking is dangerous and harmful.
Second, don’t forget that providing alcohol to minors would put you 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, not as a friend.
It doesn’t make you a cool parent to throw drinking parties for your teen and their friends.
While there are consequences for teens caught drinking underage, there are also penalties for adults.
Adults that allow teens to drink on their property can be subject to criminal and civil charges.
By allowing underage drinking in your home, you open the door to all kinds of potential problems. To name a few, letting teens drink can lead to drinking and driving-related car wrecks. Teens could get alcohol poisoning, fall victim to sexual assault or get seriously injured.
If you provide the alcohol in your home or on your property, some of the consequences of these situations can fall back on you.
Remember the laws
In the state of Missouri, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to buy or consume alcohol.