Underage Drinking & the Law

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

Teen alcohol and drug use continues to fall

From the National Institutes of Health’s News page: Alcohol use continues its gradual decline in all grades. Eighth, 10th and 12th graders reported past month use of 9.0, 23.5 and … Continue reading

December 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

CBS-NY: ‘Montville, N.J. Plan Would Allow Searches Without Warrants For Underage Drinking’

MONTVILLE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A proposed ordinance in Montville, New Jersey could give police officers broad powers – including entering private property – if underage drinking is even suspected. As … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Counseling Does Little to Deter Youth Drinking, Review Finds”

Technique commonly used for drinkers only lowered consumption slightly, didn’t change behaviors. Counseling Does Little to Deter Youth Drinking, Review Finds From HealthFinder.gov FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

‘Politics as Unusual’: SD Social Host bill defeated this morning

South Dakota’s proposed Social Host amendment SB94 was defeated in the Senate State Affairs committee meeting in a 5-4 vote this morning. In an interview with the primary sponsor, Sen. … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Update: Appeal in the works for Terri Serra on ‘Social Host Law’ conviction

In a surprise move Thursday, criminal defense attorney Robert Mann said he would seek a new trial for former Chariho School Committee member Terri Serra, who was convicted under Rhode Island’s Social Host … Continue reading

January 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Alcohol use among teens maintained historic lows in 2012, continuing a long-term gradual decline.

The movement to add new stricter underage drinking laws, like Social Host Laws (SHLs), to the legislative mix is based on the assertion that we still have a long way … Continue reading

December 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Another school board member indicted for social hosting

In less than a year, three school board members have been charged with permitting minors to drink in their home. The latest is Harrisburg, South Dakota’s Michelle Schirado, who handed … Continue reading

August 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Charges dropped against Mississippi attorney

All social host charges against Caledonia, Mississippi attorney Steve Wallace were dropped today, according to an Associated Press article in a local Mississippi paper. His son, Steven “Colt” Wallace, Jr., … Continue reading

August 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

New study shows underage drinking at historic lows

Here’s some news we can celebrate! Analysis of the latest data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) – a bi-annual study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – confirms that … Continue reading

July 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

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