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Teenage Alcoholism: Are Parents Liable for Teen Drinking?

Posted Nov 10 2010 1:04pm

You better think twice before allowing any underage drinking in your home, especially in California. Parents are now at increased liability for teen drinking. Teenage alcoholism usually begins with teenage binge drinking.

Here is why and how parents are more liable: In Redding, California a 17 year old died of alcohol poisoning when he attended a party where parents were present in the home. This incident (which unfortunately  is not that unusual) spurred a new bill to be approved called The Teenage Alcohol Safety Act (bill AB 2486).

This bill allows a civil suit to be brought against the adult responsible for providing alcohol to a minor. Therefore, if teens are drinking in your home and get alcohol poisoning or get in a car accident, you are now liable. Even grocery stores and liquor stores in California are facing fines for providing alcohol to minors.

Teenage binge drinking is dangerous. It not only causes cognitive damage including attention and memory problems in the developing brain, but leads to alcohol related injuries and fatalities.

Teenage binge drinking usually is accompanied by underage drinking and driving. The 3 predictors of teen fatalities for driving include underage drinking and driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and speeding. The likelihood of a teen getting in a car accident is four times higher than any other age group. Teenage alcoholism is also associated with more serious alcohol problems later in life.

As parents, it is important to educate your teen about the dangers of alcohol and drugs including drinking and driving.

If you want additional help with teenage alcoholism and teenage drug abuse,  click here to register for my free report on, “How To Avoid The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make With Their Addicted Teen Or Young Adult Child”. It may save your family’s life. It outlines the typical mistakes families make that actually perpetuate teenage substance abuse.

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