What parents need to know now about the new Social Host Laws
IMPORTANT NEWS: The following maps and charts are the most recent versions available from APIS* (Alcohol Policy Information System). Since they only cover laws enacted up to January 1, 2011, some of the state data is out-of-date. APIS lists all of the State Profiles of Underage Drinking Laws here, which are very helpful since APIS narrowly defines “Hosting Underage Drinking Parties”. That means your state may have a relevant law they’ve excluded below. For example, here are a few they didn’t include and links to the new laws.
*APIS – Alcohol Policy Information System – is a project of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services. They’ve tracked the growth of Social Host Laws on a state by state basis since 1998 and update them annually in the Fall. Although that means their data is usually a year behind, they’re the best resource for extensive information about each state’s alcohol policy.
APIS doesn’t collect data about local Social Host Laws or Ordinances, meaning laws passed by counties and cities. State Social Host Laws take far longer to draft, pass and implement so local laws have been where most of the action happens. Unfortunately, no organization has been able to document the hordes of local host laws that have been passed in the past few years. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) used to keep a tally but they ran out of funds to do so. Their Social Host Brochure, which instructs how to get a Social Host Law passed in your community, offers this non-working link: Does your area have a social host law?