What is Social Hosting?

What is Social Hosting?

The Social Host Ordinance holds persons responsible for hosting, or in other words, knowingly providing a place for underage drinking to occur. A “Host” refers to a person who aids, conducts, entertains, organizes, supervises, controls, or permits a gathering or event where underage persons possess or consume alcohol or alcoholic beverages.

Under current state law it is illegal for adults to furnish alcohol to an individual under the age of 21, unless you are the parent/guardian or spouse over the age of 21. The Social Host Ordinance allows law enforcement to cite the individual who hosts or provides a gathering place for underage drinking to take place, even if they did not provide the alcohol.

The Social Host Ordinance was adopted by Fond du Lac County in 2012. From 2013 to July 2014 we have had 29 citations for social hosting.

Here are ways parents and other adults can help to prevent social hosting:

  • Refuse to supply alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.
  • Be home and have an adult present if your child is hosting an event.
  • Make sure alcohol is not brought into your home by your child’s friends.
  • Talk to other parents about not providing alcohol at events your child will be attending.
  • Talk to your child their responsibilities and consequences of their actions.
  • Be a role model for your child.
  • Create alcohol-free opportunities and activities in your home.
  • Report any underage drinking to your local law enforcement.
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