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Graduation & Underage Drinking

Graduation & Underage Drinking

With the Class of 2022 graduating, the summer’s celebratory parties are in full swing. While commemorating these exciting moments, parents may feel more inclined to allow or even provide their children with alcohol. The unfortunate reality is that this decision can lead to tragic consequences.

Current Ohio Law Consequences

Underage drinking can result in consequences for both minors and the suppliers.

  • Minor (First-degree misdemeanor)
    • Fines between $500-$5,000
    • Possible loss of driving privileges
  • Supplier (First-degree misdemeanor)
    • Up to a $1,000 fine
    • Potentially up to six months of jail time

After the untimely death of a 19-year-old in 2020, one Ohio family is working to change state law. If passed, the new House Bill 674 in Ohio would turn the misdemeanor into a fourth-degree felony if a fatality occurred.

Adverse Effects of Alcohol on the Body

Along with getting in trouble with the law, consuming alcohol anytime can result in:

  • Decreased rational decision-making
  • Aggression
  • Memory loss
  • Lack of coordination
  • Loss of physical control
  • Suppressed reflexes resulting in choking

What Can Parents Do?

Parents have the opportunity to teach their teens the dangers of underage drinking and how it can lead to:

  • Mental health issues
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Legal trouble
  • Memory issues
  • Long-term effects on the body
  • Potential Assault
  • Death

Their futures are just beginning, and rather than encouraging or supplying underage drinking; parents can show that alcohol isn’t the answer to having fun.