‘Parents Who Host Lose the Most’ campaign is launched

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC) announces the launch of the “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don't Be a Party to Teenage Drinking” public awareness campaign to provide parents with information about the health and legal consequences of underage drinking this prom and graduation season.

According to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey from 2011, 69 percent of teens surveyed reported that it was easy to get alcohol.

Among students who reported drinking in the last 30 days, 85 percent got their alcohol from home, by giving someone money to buy it for them, or from someone who just gave it to them.

Most underage youth who drink are getting their alcohol from adults who buy it legally - parents, siblings, friends, relatives, and home liquor cabinets.

But when adults give alcohol to teens on their property, those adults can face fines of up to $2,000 and 2 years of jail time for each underage individual caught drinking. Even when adults do not provide the alcohol, if they are aware that underage drinking is occurring on their property, they can be held responsible.

BAPC and the Greater Falls Prevention Coalition ask community members and businesses to support the campaign by posting signs throughout the Brattleboro and Greater Falls area.

For more information and campaign materials visit www.BrattleboroAreaPreventionCoalition.org or call 802-257-2175.

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