Healthy Communities Healthy Youth reminds everyone: Parents Who Host, Lose the Most

With graduation just around the corner, Marquette County Healthy Communities Healthy Youth coalition urges parents to remember that "Parents Who Host, Lose the Most." The “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” campaign focuses on educating parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol to underage teens and increasing awareness of and compliance with state underage drinking laws. HCHY has begun distributing banners, posters, stickers and yard signs throughout the county.

This year, the message coincides with the recently passed Social Host ordinance in Marquette County. The Social Host ordinance holds persons responsible for hosting, or in other words, knowingly providing a place for underage drinking to occur. Anyone that aids, conducts or organizes an event that allows underage youth to consume alcohol is subject to this law.  This could include parents, youth, and siblings.  Examples might include hosting or allowing your children to host an underage drinking party at your residence or other property; providing alcohol to be consumed by underage youth on public or private property. The ordinance carries fines between $1,000 and $5,000.

It's important to remember the universal message of the campaign: It is illegal, unsafe and unhealthy for anyone under 21 to drink alcohol. Evidence shows that the development of the human brain is ongoing until 25, and the last part to develop is the most susceptible to substance abuse.  Underage drinking greatly increases the likelihood of abuse and dependency.  Drinking during adolescence can cause long-term cognition deficiencies in learning and retaining knowledge.

If you are interested in supporting the campaign with either a banner or yard sign please contact hchymc@marquettehchy.org or a Neighborhood Liaison in your area.