UNDERAGE DRINKING

SOCIAL HOST LAWS

In Connecticut, allowing anyone under the age of 21 to possess alcohol in any dwelling unit or on private property is a criminal offense punishable by up to one year in jail for the person who owns or controls the property.

Any adult who is aware of drinking by anyone under age 21 on private property and fails to take reasonable steps to halt that drinking can also go to jail for up to a year.

Confidential Alcohol Screening

Answer just a few questions and we’ll provide health and risk guidelines related to your drinking.

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Everyone is NOT Doing it!
 

TAKE THIS QUIZ FOR A REALITY CHECK.

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PARENTS: HAVING TEENS DRINK AT HOME IS NOT A SAFER ALTERNATIVE!

Teen brains are more vulnerable to alcohol. 

Research shows that the teen brain doesn’t fully develop until 25. Alcohol can alter this development, potentially affecting brain structure and function.

Underage drinking increases the risk of alcohol problems later in life. 

Research shows that people who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to meet the criteria for alcohol dependence at some point in their lives. 

Source: Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

FIRST DRINK UNDER 15

40 - 50%

Chance of developing a substance use disorder.

FIRST DRINK UNDER 18

32%

Chance of developing a substance use disorder.

FIRST DRINK OVER 18

15%

Chance of developing a substance use disorder.

FIRST DRINK AT 21

3%

Chance of developing a substance use disorder.

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TEENS: THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK! 

Talk, They Hear You

SAMHSA

  • Tips for starting and continuing conversations about the dangers of drugs and alcohol at a young age. 

  • Resources to help you answer tough questions.

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Keep Connected

Search Institute

Keep Connected offers all kinds of families—and organizations that support them—ideas, activities, and experiences to help build strong family relationships. Their goal is to strengthen family relationships to help kids be and become their best selves.

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Underage Drinking: Facts & Prevention

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse

and Alcoholism

Get the latest facts, learn the dangers and warning signs of underage drinking and find out how you can prevent it.

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A Parent’s Guide to Underage Drinking

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

  • Although young people drink less often than adults do, when they do drink, they drink more, exponentially increasing risks to health and safety.

  • Teen brains are more vulnerable to alcohol. Research shows that the teen brain doesn’t fully develop until 25. Alcohol can alter this development, potentially affecting brain structure and function.

  • Underage drinking increases the risk of alcohol problems later in life. Research shows that people who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to meet the criteria for alcohol dependence at some point in their lives.

Learn what parents can do to prevent underage drinking.

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Conversation Tips & Resources

for Parents

Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility

  • "When conversations around alcohol go up, underage drinking rates go down. Kids need to hear reportedly that underage drinking is illegal. And that underage drinking and drunk driving are both illegal and dangerous."

  • "Research shows that when conversations go up, underage drinking goes down. Since 2003, conversations between parents and kids have increased 73%. During that same period, underage drinking has decreased by 50%."

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