States instituting “social host” laws to curb underage drinking

According to The Wall Street Journal, more states are adopting “social host” laws to hopefully curb underage drinking. Since January of this year, 28 states have adopted these laws, up from 18 states in 2005. Social host laws “impose criminal or civil penalties on hosts who permit underage drinking on their property.” Hosts can still be charged regardless of who supplies the alcohol.

Some states, like California, also passed laws that involved penalties if anyone is hurt due to underage drinking. House parties are places where social host laws would be implemented since a majority of underage teens binge drink at house parties thrown by friends.

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