As we enter a busy holiday season, Talbot Partnership for Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Prevention once again encourages residents of Talbot County to make the most of holiday celebrations. The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time, but for families of drunk driving victims, the season can be a painful reminder of a loved one’s absence.
In our society, consumption of alcohol and celebrations traditionally go hand in hand. Anyone can experience problems when drinking alcohol. We all make choices about how much and how often we consume. Alcohol is a depressant. Use may affect cognitive ability, coordination and physical health. During a season when energy levels need to be high, stress levels tend to rise and social opportunities abound, we need to keep in mind the importance of celebrating with care.
As a parent, remember that you cannot give alcohol to your teen’s friends under the age of 21, under any circumstance, even in your own home, even with their parent’s permission. You cannot knowingly allow a person under 21, other than you own child, to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol.
You can face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $2500 fine. Others can sue you if you give alcohol to anyone under 21 and they, in turn, hurt someone, hurt themselves or damage property. Officers can take any alcohol, money or property used in committing the offense.
Things you can do as a parent:
• Know where your kids are and what they are doing. Remind them of your rules and expectations.
• Refuse to supply alcohol to anyone under 21.
• Be at home when your teen has a party.
• Make sure that alcohol is not brought into your home or property by your teen’s friends.
• Talk to other parents about not providing alcohol at other events your child will be attending.
• Create alcohol-free opportunities and activities in your home so teens feel welcome.
• Report underage drinking to local law enforcement.
For further information on alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, contact Talbot Partnership at 410-819-8067.