Indiana’s Social Host Law: What You Need To Know

What is the penalty for violating the law?

It is a Class B misdemeanor to provide alcohol to minors and a PLACE for minors to drink it. This includes an adult’s house or any property that own, rent or control, including a hotel.

Why is Social Host important?

Underage drinking isn’t just a youth problem – it’s an adult problem. Most minors get their alcohol from an adult. When adults purchase or give alcohol to minors, they’re part of the problem. Adults who provide a place for minors to drink should be held responsible for allowing and facilitating underage drinking.

What’s the big deal anyway?

  • The brain isn’t fully developed until around 25 so any alcohol consumed before then can permanently damage the brain.
  • The first age of use for alcohol in Indiana is 13.
  • Liquor has replaced beer as the most consumed alcoholic beverage by minors.
  • There is no such thing as “teaching kids to drink responsibly” – research shows that minors who are allowed to drink at home are more likely to engage in other high-risk drinking behaviors.
  • Minors who attend parties where parents supply alcohol or allow underage drinking are also at increased risk or binge drinking and alcohol related problems.

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