UNDERAGE DRINKING IN OREGON

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Welcome to Oregon. Let's get drunk.

Oregon legislature makes it legal to let your underaged 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.)

Underage drinking and driving
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 a state law that allows underaged drinking "in home". However, Lane County has gone beyond that
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:
More Under Aged Drinking, Binge Drinking, Drinking Too Much, Drunk Driving, Teen Alcohol,  Don't Lower the Drinking Age

Underage drinking and driving


A Serious Problem Facing Teenagers Today

Underage drinking is a national concern that's leading to more injuries and deaths than people realize. In fact, nearly 11 million underage people consume alcohol in the United States alone.

These decisions can lead to extremely tragic and devastating consequences. Our law firm has seen first hand the pain that underage drinking causes victims and their families.

The following figures were the most up-to-date statistics at the time of our latest research. If you have any questions, or require more recent information, please refer to our sources at the bottom of this page for more information.

National Underage Drinking Statistics

  • 4,300 deaths annually are caused by underage drinking.
  • People aged 12 to 20 years old drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in U.S.
  • More than 90% of alcohol consumed is considered as binge drinking.
  • In 2010, there were 189,000 emergency room visits for injuries related to underage drinking.
  • 1 in 6 teens binge drink (excessively consuming alcohol in a short time period).
  • Only 1 in 100 parents believe his or her child binge drinks.
  • Youth drinking is correlated to adult drinking – children of parents who binge drink are 2x as likely to binge drink.
  • 70% of young people have engaged in heavy drinking by ages 19 or 20.
  • Nearly 75% of 12th grade students, more than 66% of 10th grade students, and about 40% of 8th grade students have consumed alcohol in their lifetimes.
  • From ages 13 to 21, the percentage of people who report binge drinking increases from 1% to 50%.
  • Male drivers are roughly twice as likely as female drivers to have BACs of .08 or higher.
  • Unrestrained drivers 16 to 20 are over 3x as likely to be alcohol impaired than drivers of that age range who use seatbelts.

The 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that among high school students, during the 30 days prior to being surveyed,

  • 33 percent drank alcohol.
  • 18 percent participated in binge drinking.
  • 8 percent drove after drinking.
  • 20 percent rode with an intoxicated driver.

These numbers are startling, especially when you consider that teen car accidents are the number one cause of death for teens in the United States.

2017 Underage Drinking Statistics

  • Family and friends continue to be a leading source of alcohol for today’s youth.
  • 57 percent of current underage drinkers reported family and friends as their source for the alcohol they consumed.
  • 85 percent of 12th graders, 71 percent of 10th graders, and 53 percent of 8th graders say it would be “fairly easy” or “very easy” for them to get alcohol.
  • Disapproval of binge drinking continues to remain high among all three grade levels (85 percent of 8th graders; 81 percent of 10th graders; and 74 percent of 12th graders).

2012 Underage Drinking Statistics

  • When asked how easy it would be to get alcohol, most 8th, 10th, and 12th graders said "fairly easy" or "very easy."
  • 11% of 8th graders reported drinking during the past 30 days, 3.6% to intoxication.
  • 28% of 10th graders reported drinking during the past 30 days, 14.5% to intoxication.
  • 42% of 12th graders reported drinking during the past 30 days, 28.1% to intoxication.

How do teenagers obtain alcohol?

Among underage drinkers, 40% usually obtained alcohol by someone giving it to them. Of those:

  • 35% received it from an unrelated person over the age of 21.
  • 53% received it from family and friends.

Do male or female teenagers drink the most?

Males have higher underage drinking rates than females:

  • Current drinkers: 25.6% of males, 24.6% of females
  • Binge drinkers: 17.5% of males, 14% of females
  • Heavy drinkers: 5.6% of males, 3.2% of females

It's a Matter of Life and Death – Don't Drink and Drive

Underage drinking affects millions of families every year. That's why it's important to discuss the dangers of teen drinking, peer pressure, and driving or riding with an intoxicated person.

If a drunk driver ever injures you or a loved one, contact our law firm for a free case review. We'll answer your legal questions and get you the help you need. Remember, it's free to call and there's never an obligation to hire our law firm once you call.

Sources:

"Fact Sheets - Underage Drinking" Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Underage Drinking Statistics" Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.
"Survey: Underage drinkers get alcohol free from adults." CNN.com. June 26, 2008.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
MADD Statistics.
www.madd.org/statistics
Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking.
Source: www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/who-was-injured/teen/underage-drinking-statistics.html

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. Read more.
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

X
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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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