Underage Drinking & the Law

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

New state laws go into effect when the ball drops tonight

Underage substance use laws get tougher on parents and kids In Pennsylvania, minors face steeper fines if they’re caught drinking. First offenders are fined $500 and repeat offenders pay up … Continue reading

December 31, 2012 · 2 Comments

A weird week in underage drinking?

This weekly roundup in underage drinking news leaves us with more questions than answers. Justin Bieber plays beer pong? Maybe our little boy singer is growing up and making mistakes, … Continue reading

October 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

NY City considers a Social Host Law

News Alert: According to today’s Queens Chronicle paper, Councilmen James Vacca (D-Bronx) and Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) proposed a Social Host Law to the City Council last week “which would … Continue reading

June 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Protecting Parents from Prom’s Penalties

Westchester, New York parents, learn what you need to do to protect yourself and your teen-age children from accidentally triggering the Social Host Law on Prom night or any other … Continue reading

April 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Out-of-town dad first parent charged in Mercer Island WA

The first person to be cited under Mercer Island’s new Social Host ordinance is a dad who was out-of-town and out of the loop at the time of the party. … Continue reading

March 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

A tale of two counties | Video

Nassau and Suffolk counties may lie side-by-side on New York State’s Long Island; they may share matching Social Host Laws, but they’re poles apart when it comes to enforcing those … Continue reading

April 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Surprise 18-year-olds

Nassau County appeals court redefines adults as 18-years-old + 1 day. Nassau County, at the heart of New York’s Long Island community, was not just the first NY county to … Continue reading

April 12, 2011 · 6 Comments

CBS has another point of view

A week after NBC’s The Today Show discussed ways to teach children how to drink responsibly, CBS’s The Early Show covered the story with an alternate point-of-view: Don’t do it. … Continue reading

March 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

A small New York village almost gets it right | Video

Cazenovia, NY’s new Social Host Law is nearly perfect. On the plus side, the community had an opportunity for discussion and dissent, the penalty is a citation not a misdemeanor, … Continue reading

March 8, 2011 · 1 Comment

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