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VCkidsFYI: Celebrating this season? Keep underage drinking parties out of the mix. Know the Social Host Laws

VCkidsFYI
Ventura County Behavioral Health

In Ventura County, 9% of 7th graders, 20% of 9th graders and 31% of 11th graders currently use alcohol.

We’re coming upon holiday season. Celebrating with family, friends, food and alcohol. It's never too early to start talking about underage drinking. Parents can have a major impact on their children’s drinking. Underage drinking is when anyone under the minimum legal drinking age of 21 drinks alcohol. Children who drink are more likely to be victims of violent crime, to be involved in alcohol-related traffic crashes, and to have serious school-related problems.



What are Social Host Laws?

Social Host Ordinances (SHOs) in Ventura County are local laws with civil penalties (fines) providing law enforcement a tool for addressing underage drinking in home party settings, and to deter those who may host a loud or unruly party. Social Host Laws hold adults responsible for parties where alcohol is served to underage youth. The adult who owns or rents the property is responsible, no matter who provides the alcohol. The fines vary by community, but are up to $2,500. The costs and consequences of heavy drinking by teenagers continue to mount, and people recognize that underage drinking is a costly problem that affects virtually everyone.

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If you're concerned about signs of drug use with your child, call (805) 981-9200 to talk with a professional at Ventura County Behavioral Health, Alcohol & Drug Programs, Youth Services. Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
TAGS: Youth, Parents, Holiday DUI Enforcement
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