Many well-meaning parents and adults think that it is enough to take away car keys at their teen’s parties so the teens can’t drink and drive. Parents provide the alcohol or allow alcohol to be consumed based on the false belief that it’s a rite of passage, especially at prom and graduation parties.
One-third of teenagers have attended parties in which parents were present and substance use by teens occurred, including alcohol use and use of illegal drugs.
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, 2006
The “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” public awareness campaign was developed by Drug-Free Action Alliance in 2000 to educate parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen parties and to increase awareness of and compliance with the Underage Drinking Laws. The campaign has been used in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Canada. In 2001, the campaign received a national award as a promising prevention program.
On an average day, nearly 8,000 youths ages 12 to 17 drank alcohol for the first time.
Substance abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2008
The Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking public awareness campaign focuses on familiarizing adults with Pennsylvania’s underage drinking laws and the ramifications of breaking those laws. Increasing that awareness reduces the number of parents who allow youth alcohol use at parties. By reducing the number of parties at which alcohol is available, a community decreases youth access to alcohol.
What You Can Do
Support the Parents Who Host Campaign in the Delaware County during December 2011 and May 2012, by:
- Have parents sign a pledge! Committing that they, as a responsible adult, will not provide alcohol to minors.
- Be visible! PWH materials are available including: lawn signs, vinyl window clings, posters, table tents, and stickers to display in your schools and community.
- Talk about it! With your students, teachers, parents, and elected officials.
Let’s show that Delaware County adults do not approve
of underage drinking by supporting Parents Who Host!
Parents Who Host is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems & funded by Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol through the PA Department of Health’s Strategic Prevention Framework grant to reduce underage drinking in the Rose Tree Media community. Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking is a registered trademark of the Drug-Free Action Alliance of Ohio.