Host a party for your teenagers, get fined 2500 dollars. It this right or wrong?

United States
January 10, 2007 2:57pm CST
This is a law that has been enacted here in the San Diego area. I'm not sure if any other areas have laws like this, but if you are a parent and you host a party for your son/daughter and his friends, with alcohol included (whether or not you provide it or they bring it), and you are caught, you get fined 2,500 dollars. For non-Americans who don't know the legal drinking age here, it's age 21. For me, I was in favor of it, but I'm starting to change sides. When you really think about it, these parties generally allow the teens to sleep over, and most teens are going to find a way and place to drink anyways. These parties allow the hosting parents to take the car-keys and to control the amount of alcohol the teens have, thus both keeping drunk drivers off the road, and saving teens, who often drink way too much, from drinking themselves to death or causing crazy things to happen to others.
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@classy56 (2883)
• United States
10 Jan 07
the laws are the same here in Ind.so before you host a party for them think of the conquenies.if something go,s wrong. an me personly think it is a good law.this law will save many lives.an many parent from going to jail.but stop an think do you want your kids drinking at home or anywere else.i dont!
• United States
10 Jan 07
If your kid gets t-boned by a drunk 18 year old who wasn't staying overnight at a parent's house because of the law, would you change your mind?
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• United States
11 Jan 07
If anyone served my undreaged child alcahol at a party a thier home..they would have more than the law to deal with! How dare any parent make the decisioon of dozens of other partners what is safe and accpetable behavior in thier homes when it is ILEGAL. I hope any parents that provide booze to under age children ahould serve ten years per child and let foster care try to help fix the mess they made with their own!
@medooley (1874)
• United States
11 Jan 07
Absolutely this is right. There are laws against this kind of thing. It is illegal to provide minors with alchol. And if the drinking takes place in your home your should be held responsible. Yes, we all know that kids are going to try things and that they are probably going to try drinking, but what kind of message are we sending them, by allowing them to break laws? I think that this is setting a horrible example to kids, and that is what they are kids. By having these parties you are encouring them to break the law. I just don't understand why people think that it is okay to allow them do this is... and most peoples answer is, they are going to do it anyway. In stead of allowing kids to break the rules we should be educating them more on the dangers of drinking. Kids at this age do not need to drink to have fun, and what kind of message are we sending them teaching them that they have to drink in order to have fun. I think that this is just really sending all sorts of wrong messages to kids these days.
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@marciascott (25554)
• United States
12 Jan 07
teens shouldn't drink anyway I am against this, I hope you don't let yoir teens drinks.
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@crystal8577 (1470)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I am all for it. Just because teens may drink does not mean that I am going to be the one to supply it or watch them. I think it sends a bad message. No one wants to see something bad because of underaged drinking, but I am not about to be an enabler
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@crystal8577 (1470)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I am all for it. Just because teens may drink does not mean that I am going to be the one to supply it or watch them. I think it sends a bad message. No one wants to see something bad because of underaged drinking, but I am not about to be an enabler
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@amby87 (322)
• India
12 Jan 07
wrong
@shywolf (4520)
• United States
11 Jan 07
I am of two minds about this subject, as well. In a sense, it should be the parent's right to do whatever they wish in their own home. Of course, since this party will inevitably involve children that aren't their own, that does raise other issues. But I agree that there is so much underage drinking already, that if it is going to take place anyway, it might as well be in a more controlled and supervised environment! I just don't know what to think. THat is a _huge_ fine, as well... I thikn that it is more than a bit unfair.
@micheller (1365)
• United States
11 Jan 07
I guess it's the right thing to do because if you think about it, this might make parents not want to even risk the chance of having a party and maybe eventuallly teens will start to go to things like the movies, which is better than a party.
• Pakistan
11 Jan 07
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• India
11 Jan 07
hmmmmmmmmm i dont think its wrong,,,, may be the rules in the states are very stingent, it should be little flexible
@sahergul (774)
• Pakistan
11 Jan 07
hmmmm.. good info...
@DavidReedy (2411)
• United States
11 Jan 07
Thus the contradiction our nation is living with. Some, who didn't learn from history would bring prohibition back. Some, would exercise absolutel liscentiousness. The question, truly is, what is the right medium here? Do we seem to be condoning behaviour that is probably bad? Or do we, knowing that the kids will do it, anyway, try to save some lives by helping them to do it in a controlled environment? Very hard to get consensus on this topic.
@KING6746 (63)
• United States
11 Jan 07
It's right if there was drinking involved. But I think there might be a rights issue too especially with the 4 admen.
@chaptermm (734)
• Malta
11 Jan 07
not very well like crazy
@anne_143god (5390)
• Philippines
11 Jan 07
I agree with your prospective that atleast the parents can control their teens and they would know how their kids drink with their friends instead of drinking outside.
@cisco1 (539)
• United States
11 Jan 07
i think its the right thing to do. for one its the law and you shouldnt be giving or letting teens drink in your home. just because you could watch them and make sure they dont drink and drive its still wrong. it still aiding and abeting a crime. so if that the case then why have the law for,
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
11 Jan 07
Oh yes here in Australia there are laws like this so if you get caught then you wil pay a fine as well, but not that amount you have here, and I do know that in America the age for drinking is 21 but in Australia it is 18 and I believe that in US they should lower the age a bit. Yes you are right it is best that the parents are there as otherwise they will definately find another place to do this and it is great that they sleep over as well, so I agree completely with what you have discussed here.
• United States
11 Jan 07
It is true if they want to drink then they will find a way and a place. That doesn't mean it has to be your place. I never had a drink until I was 21 and I had many oppertuntiys to do so. If you want to keep drunk drivers off the road, then teach your kids to be smart enough not to drink and rive, wow what a concept a paerent teaching their kid not to do something. I know that maybe unheard of in todays world but it can be done.
@debdoot (243)
• India
11 Jan 07
i think they should be allowed under the strict supervision of the guardians... if not allowed they may acquire the habit of drinking secretly, which in turn can bring in a lot more trouble.....
@dandpani (161)
• India
11 Jan 07
i completely agree with u