Underage Drinking & the Law

What parents need to know now about the new Social Host Laws

Our June winner for “Oh, Duh, Research”

Two years of research, monitoring almost one thousand undergrad and post-grad students, and the best results that U.S. and Canadian researchers could produce was this underwhelming bit of data: The … Continue reading

June 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Innocence not relevant for Illinois Mom

Buffalo Grove’s local Social Host Ordinance includes the terrifying phrase “not taken all reasonable steps to prevent”. Who determines what constitutes “all reasonable steps”? It’s a loopy logic loop: the kids got drunk so therefore the parent didn’t take all reasonable steps.

June 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

If the Police Chief’s daughter can get him in hot water…

The predicament is that innocence is unimportant when a broad Social Host Law is on the books. You are damned if you do and damned if you don’t call the police for help.
However, once the police arrive, the game of Who’s-the-Social-Host begins: you or your child. We must assume that as police chief, Esserman knew all sides of this dilemma.

June 17, 2011 · 1 Comment

If the police chief doesn’t know what to do…

…how is the average parent expected to do the right thing? The story of Providence Police Chief Col. Dean Esserman and the graduation party he supervised this weekend is — … Continue reading

June 13, 2011 · 2 Comments

Adults pass the Tap Test in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, the Foxborough High students were giving the tests rather than taking them, with the help of local police and S.A.F.E. (Substance Abuse Free Environment) Foxborough Coalition. Using a … Continue reading

June 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

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