ThoseWhoHost.org is the Web site of substance abuse coalitions in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The purpose of the group is to raise awareness of dangers and legal ramifications of providing alcohol to individuals under the age of 21. Here is their summary of Texas underage drinking laws:
What adults and teens need to know:
- As an adult, you cannot give alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 under any circumstance, even in your own residence, even with their parent’s permission unless they are visibly present.
- You cannot knowingly allow a person under 21, other than your own child, to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol.
- Your residence . . . . . your responsibility.
If you break the law:
- You face a sentence of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
- Your driver’s license can be suspended for 6 months.
- You can be sued if you give alcohol to anyone under age 21 and they, in turn, hurt someone, hurt themselves, or damage property.
Things you can do:
- Refuse to supply alcohol to youth.
- Actively supervise parties when youth will be attending.
- Make sure alcohol is not brought into your home or onto your property by underage youth.
- Talk to other adults about not providing alcohol at events youth will be attending.
- Create alcohol-free opportunities and activities in your home so youth will feel welcome.