Social Host Ordinances
Using an environmental approach to prevention includes enacting policies that help to limit young people's social access to alcohol. Studies show that the majority of underage alcohol users drank at someone else's home or in their own home. Statistics like these support the recommendation to hold individuals accountable for teen drinking parties.
A Social Host Ordinance holds the person who organizes, provides a place, or allows a gathering, where underage alcohol consumption is taking place, criminally responsible regardless of their age or who provided the alcohol.
Click here to see if your city or county currently has a social host ordinance in effect.
Learn more about what a social host ordinance is and what it is not.
View a sample social host ordinance here.