Underage Drinking & the Law

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

The driving force behind Social Host laws

When an organization’s primary focus is on the most broken among us – the addicted, the alcoholics, the schizophrenics, violent or absent parents – their skewed perspective means that sometimes what they advocate can be more damaging to the healthy than it is helpful to the ill.

October 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Latest news about teens, drinking and driving: A cause for celebration

[NOTE: This article originally appeared in examiner.com on October 3, 2012.] Good news for parents of teens: the vast majority of high-school students have learned not to drink before driving. Two major … Continue reading

October 5, 2012 · 2 Comments

Gov. Chafee’s son: ‘No contest’ to violating RI Social Host Law

Caleb Chafee, the 18-year-old son of Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, appeared in Washington County District Court this morning and pleaded no contest to the charge of violating the state’s Social Host Law (R.I.G.L 3-8-11.1). The charges … Continue reading

August 22, 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

[POLL] Guilt by association is the rule at many high schools

; NOTE: This article is reprinted from my new column on parenting in politics on examiner.com: Guilt-by-association may not be a valid way of judging someone’s guilt or innocence, but … Continue reading

July 19, 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

Need Your Thoughts on Party for Soldier Headed to Afghanistan

This article by  Olga Enger is reprinted in full from today’s MiddletownPatch without editing. We want to know what you think given this scenario. Couple Cited for Serving Underage Guests at Farewell … Continue reading

June 28, 2012 · 1 Comment

Charges dropped against Stanford University Prof. Burnett

We wonder, doesn’t District Attorney Stephen M. Wagstaffe owe the Burnetts an apology?

May 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

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