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Social host law in effect, now illegal to give minors place to drink alcohol

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The new “social host law” went into effect on Tuesday, under which it is illegal to provide minors a lace for them to drink alcohol, the Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking (ICRUD) is reminding Hoosiers.

It was already illegal to provide alcohol to minors in the first place.

During the 2014 legislative session, ICRUD worked with legislators to pass the social host law, which makes it a Class B misdemeanor for adults knowingly and intentionally provide a place for minors to drink, ICRID noted in a statement released this week.

“The offense becomes a Class A misdemeanor if the person has a prior unrelated conviction, and a Level 6 felony if the consumption, ingestion, or use of the alcoholic beverage is the proximate cause of the serious bodily injury or death of any person,” ICRUD said.

“This new law is a great tool for law enforcement to use in their efforts to disperse and disband underage drinking parties,” said ICRUD Director Lisa Hutcheson. “We hope that parents and other adults understand the criminal and civil liability of providing a place for minors to drink and will not become a party to underage drinking.”

ICRUD, a subsidiary of Mental Health America of Indiana, is an advocacy coalition, addressing the availability and accessibility of alcohol to minors through education and policy.





Posted 7/2/2014