Dangers of Underage Drinking in the Home

Find out why you should avoid allowing teens to drink in your home.

There’s a common misconception that teens can drink underage as long as they’re at home and supervised. The truth is, adult supervision does little to negate the dangers of underage drinking. On top of that, furnishing alcohol for minors and allowing them to drink at home is against the law in the state of Florida. Learn more about this potentially dangerous activity.

Why is underage drinking a problem?
Teens that drink rarely drink responsibly and binge drinking is common, especially in a social situation. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association, kids who binge drink are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, including trying harder drugs. Drinking can lead to problems with depression and anxiety and it can influence kids at school, leading to behavior issues and bad grades. Kids who drink are also more likely to be injured or cause injury. Supervision in the home doesn’t negate these risks associated with underage drinking.

Is underage drinking at home against the law?
Florida has strict laws regarding underage drinking. It’s against the law to host an underage drinking party; possession and consumption are both prohibited. There are no exceptions and this means that even in your private residence, you should not be allowing kids to access and drink alcohol. Both you and the teens involved could be prosecuted.

What are other dangers?
Consider what could happen if they left your home after drinking. Even if you don't give them permission, kids may just sneak out and leave. They could get behind the wheel, putting themselves and others at risk of injury and death. And in addition, alcohol poisoning could affect a teen who is not used to heavily drinking. There’s no such thing as completely safe underage drinking, even at home. It's just not worth it.

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