UNDERAGE DRINKING IN OREGON

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Welcome to Oregon. Let's get drunk.

Oregon legislature makes it legal to let your kids drink. The only restriction seems to be that it needs to be in parents' or guardian's residence and the parent or guardian needs to be home. They don't have to be present, however.
(Underage drinking is not really that cute when you know the long-term effects and brain damage.)

Eight Different Exceptions to the Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) of 21
Liability Laws Make Parents Responsible for Underage Drinking in Their Home

Oregon has state laws that cover "in home". However, Lane County has gone beyond that while the Curry County Commissions and law enforecement have turned down a similar proposal.
Liability Laws Make Parents Responsible for Underage Drinking in Their Home

State by State (& Washington, DC) Guide to Underage Alcohol Consumption Laws and Exceptions
Explanation of the Eight Exceptions to the MLDA
How your state's politicians make underage drinking legal
Teen Drinking at Home: Helpful or Harmful?
Should Parents Let Teens Drink At Home?
Related issues:
Binge Drinking, Drinking Too Much, Drunk Driving, Teen Alcohol,  Don't Lower the Drinking Age

Eight Different Exceptions to the Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) of 2


Oregon legislature makes it legal to let your kids drink. Underage consumption of alcohol is allowed in Oregon under the following situations:

1. on private, non alcohol-selling premises, with parental consent
2. for religious purposes (though I haven't found a religious organization in Brookings that supports this.)
3. for government work related purposes

Liability Laws Make Parents Responsible for Underage Drinking in Their Home


Parents who allow their teens to have friends over to drink, thinking it’s a safe way to keep them off the roads, may be surprised to find they are subject to liability laws that make them vulnerable to lawsuits, fines and jail time.

Parents in some states can be liable even if they were not aware that drinking was going on in their home, according to the Associated Press. One Stanford University professor was arrested in November after his 17-year-old son had a party in the basement. The professor, Bill Burnett, said he had forbidden alcohol at the party and had twice checked on the teens. He spent one night in jail and was booked on 44 counts of suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Each count carries up to a $2,500 fine and almost a year in jail.

Eight states have “social host” laws that make parents liable if underage guests in their home are drinking, even if no harm comes to anyone, the AP reports. In some of the states, parents are allowed to serve alcohol to their own children in certain situations.

In 16 other states, laws hold parents responsible for underage drinking in some circumstances, such as if a teenager who drank in their home was in a car accident.

Research conducted by Students Against Destructive Decisions, and co-sponsored by the insurance company Liberty Mutual, found 41 percent of teens say their parents allow them to go to parties where alcohol is being served, compared with 36 percent two years ago.
Source: www.drugfree.org/join-together/alcohol/liability-laws-make-parents-responsible-for-underage-drinking-in-their-home?utm_source=Join+Together+Daily&utm_campaign=ff8012c243-JT_Daily_News_Clergy_Matter1_3_2012&utm_medium=email

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Should Parents Let Teens Drink At Home?


Some parents believe that allowing their teens to have an occasional beer or glass of wine makes alcohol less taboo -- and therefore less enticing to those under 21. Others think that giving drinks to teens at home is dangerous, teaches the wrong lessons and may lead to addiction problems later.

As many as 700,000 kids ages 12 to 14 -- or 6 percent of those in that age group -- said they drank in the past month in a recent report conducted by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Of the 45 percent who said they got the alcohol for free at home, 16 percent said it came from a parent or guardian. The poll didn't ask for details about how much alcohol they consumed or in what situation they had a drink.

One father, Terry Moran, said he won't let his kids drink alcohol until they're legal, according to the "Today" show.

"Because kids start thinking that, 'Hey, if my parents think it's OK, then I can just go experiment, hang out with my friends and drink.' I see it happen all the time," Moran told NBC.

One teen who spoke to NBC said his parents sometimes give him small amounts of alcohol at dinner.

"They would give me alcohol at home first, small doses -- a glass of wine here, maybe a glass of beer with dinner," he said. "It taught me responsibility, for the most part."

Psychologist Elaine Moore says that many teenagers are going to experiment with drinking no matter what, and they're typically not mature enough to handle it well. Mothers and fathers can help, but declined to speculate on whether giving alcohol to teen children at home is the solution.

"I don't think there's a right answer," Moore told NBC. "I think it's really, really important for parents to teach their kids to drink responsibly."

Peter Delany, the director of SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, said the earlier that teens start drinking, the more likely they are to become alcoholics.

"When kids under age 15 start drinking and drinking heavily, they are about six times more likely to end up with alcohol problems," he told the Wall Street Journal. "This report isn't designed to say, 'Bad parents!' It's designed to say, 'Here's an issue you should pay attention to.'"

In fact, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 50 percent of young people in America are binge drinking by they time they're 21 and 86 percent of them have consumed alcohol.

"Twenty-five percent of 'Seventeen' readers say their parents let them drink at home," the magazine's editor-in-chief Ann Shoket told "Today." "But what they're learning is not necessarily how to drink. What they're learning is trust."

The research to date is inconclusive on the potential perils of letting your kids drink at home. But no matter what, psychiatrist Janet Taylor believes parents should at least be talking to their children about drinking, especially about the hazards of binge drinking.

"It gets back to the quality of the relationship and how much communication is happening at home," Taylor told the show.
Source: www.aolhealth.com/2011/03/15/should-parents-let-teens-drink-at-home/?icid=main%7Chtmlws-sb-n%7Cdl5%7Csec1_lnk3%7C206130

How your state's politicians make underage drinking legal


Only 15 states and the District of Columbia make it illegal for someone under 21 to possess or consume alcohol. All other states have laws that permit underage drinking in certain circumstacnes. Nineteen states require only that the drinking goes on in a private setting.

Under Age (21) Drinking Laws

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May Not
May

State

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2
3
4
5
6

Alabama

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Alaska

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X
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Arizona

X
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Arkansas

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X
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California

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X
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Colorado

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X
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Connecticut

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X
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Delaware

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X
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D.C.

X
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Florida

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X
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Georgia

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X
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Hawaii

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X
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Idaho

X
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Illinois

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X
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Indiana

X
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Iowa

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X
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Kansas

X
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Kentucky

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X
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Louisiana

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X
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Maine

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X
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Maryland

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X
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Massachusetts

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X.
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Michigan

X
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Minnesota

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X
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Mississippi

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X
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Missouri

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X

Montana

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X
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Nebraska

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X

Nevada

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X
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New Hampshire

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X
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New Jersey

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X

New Mexico

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X
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New York

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X
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North Carolina

X
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North Dakota

X
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Ohio

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X
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Oklahoma

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X
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Oregon

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X

Pennsylvania

X
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Rhode Island

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X
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South Carolina

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X
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South Dakota

X
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Tennessee

X
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Texas

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X
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Utah

X
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Vermont

X
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Virginia

X
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Washington

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X
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West Virginia

X
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Wisconsin

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X
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Wyoming

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X
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Total States

16
6
19
1
5
4

Legend: 1: possess or consume; 2: consume alcohol only if married AND if spouse or guardian is present; 3: in a private setting; 4. only if married OR if spouse or guardian is present; 5: if parent or guardian is present. 6: in parents' or guardian's residence if parent or guardian is home.
Source:
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20249460/

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