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Did You Know?
- It is illegal for an adult to provide alcohol to anyone under age 21 who isn't their spouse. Wisconsin State Statute 125.07
- It is also illegal for an adult to provide a location for underage people to drink alcohol. Wisconsin State Statute 125.07
- You could be criminally charged and/or sued for injuries and property damage that may result from providing alcohol to underage people.
- Most Oconto County high school kids don't drink! According to a 2017 survey, over 3 out of 5 high school students do not currently drink alcohol.
Teen Drinking: Unsafe and Unhealthy
- Teen drinking affects brain development, specifically memory, reactions, learning ability and attention span.
- Alcohol impairs decision making and physical coordination which leads to injuries and possibly deaths from car crashes, falls, drowning or suicide.
- Drinking alcohol puts kids in vulnerable and/or dangerous situations such as risky sexual behavior, getting into a fight, being a crime victim, or getting in trouble with the police.
Are you hosting a party? Here are some tips for you!
- Make a guest list and invite only a specific number of people.
- Have your child pass out or send invitations and try to avoid the “open party” situation.
- Don’t send e-mail invitations. They can be forwarded to a large number of people quickly and you lose control of who has this information.
- Put your phone number on the invitation and welcome calls from parents.
- Set rules ahead of time such as no alcohol, drugs or tobacco.
- Set a start and end time for the party.
- Let attendees know that if they leave, they can’t come back.
- Have plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Plan some activities such as music, games, movies, etc.
- Let your neighbors know in advance there will be a party and that you will be there to supervise.
- Limit the party access to a certain area of the house/property.
- Call parents of any teen who arrives in possession of alcohol or under the influence. If you can’t get in touch with the parents, keep the teen there or call the police if necessary.
- Secure all forms of alcohol, firearms, prescription drugs and other potentially hazardous items in your home in a safe place.
- Invite some other parents to help chaperone if there will be a large number of teenagers.
If your teen is going to a party:
- Know where he or she will be.
- Call the parent in charge to verify the occasion and location of the party and ensure there will be adult supervision.
- Ask how many teens are expected at the party and offer to help supervise or provide refreshments.
- Make certain that the host will not be serving or allowing alcohol. Ask how they plan to handle the situation if a teen shows up with alcohol or has been drinking.
- Tell your child and the parent hosting the party that if the teens leave and go somewhere else, you will want to know.
- Set a curfew for your teen to be home and when they arrive home, have them check in with you.
- Know how your child is getting to and from the party.
- Reinforce the message to your teenager that they should never allow someone who has been drinking or using other drugs to drive them anywhere.
- Assure your child that they can telephone you to be picked up whenever needed.
- If the activity seems inappropriate, express concern and keep your child home.
There is no safe or legal way to host a teen drinking party!