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What could happen if you give a teen alcohol?

What could happen if you give a teen alcohol?

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.

In fact, it is illegal and very dangerous.

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.

Letting a person under the age of 21 consume or possess alcohol on your property or on property that you occupy is a class B misdemeanor.

It is also a misdemeanor if you fail to stop a teen from drinking unless you are their parent.

Doing this can lead to:

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

If that isn’t a scary enough, breaking this law, a second time gets you a class A misdemeanor.

This means that a second-time violator could face up to $1000 in fines and up to one year in jail.

Having a passive attitude toward underage drinking can have dangerous consequences. The choice to allow underage drinking your home not only impacts you. It can hurt your teen and their friends.

For the safety of your family and your community, be a parent. When it comes to underage drinking encourage your kids to stay safe and sober.

mackenzie
Mackenzie@missourisafeandsober.com
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