Parents Who Host Lose the Most

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Tips For Parents

Recommendations for when your teen is having a party
  • Get involved in planning the party.
  • Make a guest list and invite only a limited number of people.
  • Include your phone number on the invitation and welcome calls from other parents.
  • Set rules ahead of time such as no tobacco, drugs, or alcohol.
  • Decide on the start and end time for the party. 
  • Have plenty of food and non-alcoholic drinks available.
  • Plan some fun activities such as music, games, movies, etc.
  • Let your neighbors know in advance that there will be a party and that you will be there to supervise.
  • Limit the party to a certain area of the house/property.
  • Be sure to call the parent 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.
  • Ensure that your household’s alcohol cabinet, firearms, prescription drugs and other hazardous items are in a safe place in your home.
  • Learn about the Town’s Ordinances to prevent noise complaints.
  • Make regular and unobtrusive visits to the party area with sensitivity for teen’s needs for privacy and independence.
  • Invite other parents to help chaperone if you expect a large number of teens.
If you are away from home or out of Town, please remember
If your teen is attending a party
Other Ideas

“Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t Be a Party to Teenage Drinking” is a campaign utilized by Coalitions throughout the nation to educate parents and adults about the consequences of underage drinking.

Providing alcohol to a minor is both irresponsible and against the law. It is illegal to purchase, pour, make available or provide alcohol for anyone under the age of 21, except for religious purposes or in the presence of AND with the permission of his/her parent or legal guardian. 

The legal consequences of breaking the law include a $1,000 fine and up to 6 months in jail. Anyone supplying alcohol to minors can be subject to one or many lawsuit[s] if an underage drinker hurts someone else or damages any property.

During prom events, graduation parties, and other summer festivities, alcohol is a growing temptation for the youth. Social gatherings expose adolescents to a prime environment for alcohol consumption, therefore social hosts are encouraged to ensure that only non-alcoholic beverages are served to ensure a safe, fun, and alcohol-free social atmosphere.  

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