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NIDA. (2013, May 2). If You’re Under Age 21, Drinking Is Always Illegal. Retrieved from

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Sara Bellum
May 2 2013
A group of adults drinking wine

You’re going to an after-prom party, and your parents ask if the host’s parents will be there. You may say, “yes,” and it may be true, but you also secretly may know that they will allow underage guests to drink alcohol. You think this is okay, because, after all, an adult is there.

Not true.

Not only is it always illegal for people under age 21 to drink alcohol—no matter where you are or who you got it from—but the adults serving underage people may also be breaking the law.

More than 30 states have passed “social host” laws that punish adults (anyone age 21+) who permit underage drinking on their property. This means that even if the adult who owns the property didn’t supply the alcohol, they can still be liable.

Read more about social host laws and what alcohol does to the teen brain.

Tell us: What do you think when adults are willing to give underage people alcohol?