Underage Drinking & the Law

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

Sharing what’s new on SocialHostLaw.com

There’s lots of helpful new information now available for parents of 12-21 year old children. In addition to posts sharing the latest news, we’re continuing to add useful data and advice that we don’t publicize. Here is a list of pages that have been updated or added in the past month:

Welcome Page

Once upon a time, crimes required passion, desperation or recklessness. Not any more. Now, your “crime” could be going out for dinner with your spouse and coming home a half hour earlier than your teen expected…[more]


What is a Social Host? What are Social Host Laws (SHLs)? What happens if I get charged as a Social Host?
Why are Social Host Laws (SHLs) controversial?…[more]

Social Host Law Primer

Any law can be difficult to decipher but we all need to understand what our local Social Host Law covers.  Though we’re not planning to break the law…[more]

What to do if you discover teens drinking in your home

Uh oh. You come home unexpectedly from a boring movie and find dozens of teens staggering and vomiting among the daylilies. Or maybe you wake up because the bass thrum from the basement stereo is making your headboard vibrate…[more]

Resources & Links

Where to find state laws. Where to find local laws. Alcohol & Drug Research. Not-for-Profit Organizations on Underage Drinking Issues. Drug Policy & Enforcement Sites…[more]

Social Host Laws by State

The following maps and charts are the most recent versions available from APIS* (Alcohol Policy Information System)…[more]

Sample Social Host Laws

These five documents offer excellent examples of how broad is the range of Social Host legislation.The first five are existing statutes…[more]

Pending State Legislation

The following states are considering new Social Host Laws, or revisions to existing SHLs. Note the legislative process is purposely serpentine and…[more]

State Legislative Process

There are a lot of steps between a bill being proposed and becoming the law of the land. Each state has their own twist on the process. However, all of them share one objective…[more]

Catch 21: The teen trap

After more than six years of researching Social Host Laws, I have come to one firmly held opinion. They’re well-intentioned schizophrenic…[more]


Alcohol use among teens reached historic lows in 2011, continuing a long-term gradual decline…[more]

Charts, Graphs & Reports

Just like it sounds; the latest data on underage alcohol use.

Where do kids get their alcohol?

NOT from their parents. Surprised? I was. With all the furor about “permissive” parents providing alcohol to their older teens,  I expected to learn that the majority of underage drinkers…[more]

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