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

“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

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

What to do if you find teens drinking in your home

Uh oh. You come home unexpectedly from another holiday party and find dozens of teens staggering and vomiting in the TV room. Or maybe you wake up because the bass … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 5 Comments

Stunning victory for defense in Terri Serra case; Judge also delays constitutionality ruling, again

Rhode Island Fourth District Court Judge Mary McCaffrey ruled that former Chariho School Committee member Terri Serra was not guilty of “failure to render aid” at the scene of a car accident … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Oh no, say it ain’t so: Haley Dunphy gets arrested?

In last night’s episode of ABC’s Modern Family, college-age daughter Haley Dunphy (played by Sarah Jane Hyland) gets arrested for underage drinking, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer. Of course, there’s … Continue reading

November 9, 2012 · 3 Comments

A hilarious weekend gift to our readers, courtesy of The Onion

Justice Ginsburg Throws Party While 120-Year-Old Parents Away For Weekend OCTOBER 10, 2012 | ISSUE 48•41 | MORE NEWS ALEXANDRIA, VA—With her parents leaving town to celebrate their 98th wedding anniversary, Justice Ruth … Continue reading

October 12, 2012 · 1 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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