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How should parents handle underage drinking at parties?

As a Connecticut parent, you may want to keep your teenager away from parties with alcohol. However, you may find that the presence of alcohol and other substances is beyond your control if you are not hosting the party. Because of this, it is important to know how you and your teenager should handle parties.

When parents claim ignorance of alcohol use by minors at home

In Connecticut, the criminal statute prohibiting the possession of alcohol by a minor was expanded in 2012 to include recklessness or negligence in allowing such possession. According to the Connecticut General Assembly, if a person owns or otherwise possesses or controls private property, the criminal law is violated if they knowingly allow a minor to possess an alcoholic beverage on the premises or if they recklessly permit a minor to do so. A minor under the statute is any person under the age of twenty-one.

Will you get busted if minors drink at your party?

Connecticut residents like you may be ready to party your hearts out this summer, enjoying the last days before everyone has to go back to school or work. Unfortunately, having a good reason to celebrate doesn't negate the fact that it's still illegal for anyone under 21 to drink. So what if a minor is drinking at your party?

How restaurants may handle drunk customers

When Connecticut restaurants serve alcoholic beverages, it is their task to ensure that their patrons are responsible drinkers. A previous blog discussed a restaurant’s liability if a customer caused harm while drunk. This week’s blog will discuss the ways restaurant staff can handle patrons who have had too much to drink.

Connecticut's social host laws

It comes as no surprise that in Connecticut it is against the law for a person 20 years old or younger to possess alcohol or to consume alcohol. However, the state's laws go beyond the actions of any minor person involved and may also include what may be called a social host. A social host is someone of legal drinking age who may either provide alcohol to a minor or at least be aware of a minor's possession of alcohol.

Restaurant responsibility for drunk patrons

Many people may not consider the responsibilities which Connecticut bars and restaurants have to ensure that their customers make it home safely. However, the duty of these establishments is laid out in dram shop civil liability statutes. The National Conference of State Legislatures says that dram laws consider businesses which sell alcohol to be liable if a customer becomes drunk and harms someone.

Consequences of hosting parties with alcohol

When you host a party at your Connecticut home, you likely focus on providing an enjoyable evening. However, you may want to pay closer attention to what can happen after your guests leave. We at Loughlin Fitzgerald know that sometimes you may not realize the consequences of being a social host until after the party ends.