Underage drinking is widespread in Michigan. According to the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center, approximately 405,000 underage minors in Michigan consume alcohol each year.A major factor that contributes to underage drinking is the youth’s environment. Recent studies have shown that environmental factors, such as the influence of parents and peers, play a huge role in underage alcohol use.For instance, parents who drink more may have children who drink more. A perfect example of this environmental aspect of underage drinking recently occurred in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Currently, two adults are facing charges for allegedly hosting an underage drinking party.
There were over 100 teenagers present at the party. According to the police report, there was alcohol, hard liquor, and drug paraphernalia on the premises. The parents have been charged with a Class A misdemeanor and could face up to a year in prison if convicted.
Though there are several factors that play into youths engaging in underage drinking activities, the parents’ influence and views pertaining drinking tend to dominate the minors’ choices.
Some states and local town governments are attempting to pass new laws and regulations to reduce underage drinking.
In Wisconsin, an underage drinking bill is currently up for vote. The bill will permit Wisconsin taverns and liquor stores to sue underage minors who buy or drink alcohol on their premises. The bill will also permit such establishments to sue the underage customer’s parents.
Additionally, a bill has been introduced into Pittsburgh City Council to crackdown on underage drinking. The bill proposes to increase the criminal penalties for people that host parties where individuals under the age of 21 are consuming alcohol.
As illustrated above, a key way to reduce underage drinking is for parents to communicate with their children about the dangers it presents.
Contact Ann Arbor OWI Attorney Stacey Washington if you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with underage drinking in Michigan. Stacey has successfully represented minors charged with underage drinking throughout Washtenaw County. Please email or call 734-274-6567 to speak with an underage drinking attorney.
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