Brush Up on Social Host Liability Laws
With the 4th of July over and summer officially kicked off, there are many upcoming events you may be invited to or hosting yourself where alcohol is involved. Summer is, after all, a busy season for weddings, family reunions, and business functions like picnics and beach parties. Because summer is such a popular time to relax with a drink or two during a fun event, there’s never been a better time to brush up on social host liability laws.
Under social host liability laws, any adult who serves alcoholic beverages to minors or individuals who are clearly intoxicated can be held legally responsible if anyone is injured, killed, or if that person ends up injuring or killing another person. Social host liability laws vary from state to state, with some laws geared specifically to people who provide alcohol to underage individuals.
Many parents think they should be free to provide alcohol to their underage children as long as they do so within their home, and many also feel that underage drinking is just a rite of passage for teenagers as they grow. Unfortunately it can be difficult to control intoxicated individuals within any environment, and it’s up to adults over the age of 21 to be responsible enough to prevent drinking-related tragedies that can occur in situations where alcohol is involved. With social host liability laws in place, parents may be think twice about providing anyone under legal drinking age with alcohol.