We are approaching the time of year marked by many happy occasions, prom and graduation celebrations, as well as impending summer break. Inevitably, parents will be faced with the decision of whether to host a teen party where alcohol may be involved. We want to take this opportunity to remind parents of the potential pitfalls of these gatherings, as well as the resources and supports available.
Times have changed, and the risks of hosting a party are now greater for both youth and homeowners. With social media, parties can get out of control quickly, making it impossible to manage the number of guests. The drinks have changed, as have the way our teens drink. Youth may also be under the influence of marijuana, prescription medications, or other illicit drugs - combining alcohol with other drugs can have catastrophic results. Drinking can result in property damage and theft, fights, accidents, alcohol poisoning, and sexual assault. We also know more now about how alcohol damages the developing teenage brain, which can have long-lasting effects.