Parents, Graduation Is No Time for Teen Drinking

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Graduation is a time of celebration. Many Shasta County teens mark this important life event with fun-filled, well-attended Sober Graduation parties. However, it may be difficult for parents to stay firm against allowing alcohol at parties in their homes or permitting their teens to attend parties where alcohol is available. A new website, www.thinkagainshasta.info, can help support safe celebrations.

Teen drinking can mean trips to the emergency room, arrests, sexual assaults, and even fatalities. In fact, in Shasta County an average of one teen a week visits an emergency room for an alcohol-related reason.

“Alcohol puts your teens and their friends in harm’s way, even if you do take the car keys,” said Anita Joseph, a Community Education Specialist for Shasta County Health and Human Services.

Permitting teens to drink alcohol can also result in criminal or civil action against parents. The recently-enacted California Teen Safety Act holds adults financially liable if allowing minors to drink in their homes results in injury or death.  State law also provides that criminal charges may be filed for furnishing alcohol to minors.

For tips on hosting safe teen parties, actions parents can take to help prevent underage drinking, and for ideas on talking to your teen about alcohol, visit www.thinkagainshasta.info. You may also contact Anita Joseph at ajoseph@co.shasta.ca.us or (530) 225-5410.

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