Spring is almost here which means prom and graduation are just around the corner! Healthy Oconto County wants teens and their parents to celebrate prom and graduation safely. Parents often celebrate these events by hosting parties and unfortunately, alcohol is provided to underage youth at some of these parties by adults. A reminder to parents who may want to host a post-prom or post-graduation party and serve alcohol: Parents Who Host, Lose The Most.
Parents Who Host Lose the Most is campaign to educate communities and parents about the health, safety and legal risks of purchasing, providing, or pouring alcohol for anyone under age 21, other than their own children. This campaign encourages parents and the ENTIRE community to send a unified message that teen alcohol consumption is unhealthy, unsafe and unacceptable.
It is illegal for adults to purchase, pour or provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 who isn’t their child or spouse (State Statute 125.07). It is also illegal for any adult 18 and older to provide a location for underage people to drink alcohol in Wisconsin. (2017 Wisconsin Act 126). Adults can be criminally prosecuted for hosting underage parties and can be liable for injuries and property damage that may result from providing alcohol to teens.
Underage drinking is not a rite of passage or something that everyone is doing. In fact, most kids aren’t drinking. More than 3 out of 5 Oconto County high school students do not drink, but our percentage is higher than the state’s.
Teen drinking is unhealthy and unsafe. It 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.
For more information go to: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/pwh/index.htm
Remember: there is no safe and legal way to host an underage drinking party!