Parents Who Host Lose the Most is a public health media campaign designed by Prevention Action Alliance to remind parents about the risks of serving alcohol to underage youth. By decreasing their access to alcohol, we can reduce the likelihood that teens will drink and therefore suffer the health effects that come from underage drinking.
What can you do as a parent?
Set expectations regarding underage drinking. Tell your kids that you expect them not to drink before they’re 21.
Know your child and know their friends. This is a time of many changes, but some changes can indicate problems. Look for changes in sleep, mood, friends, activity level, academic performance, weight, and personal hygiene.
Keep lines of communication open. Ask your child about alcohol – What do they know? Do their friends drink? Do they feel pressured to drink when out with friends?
Listen in a nonjudgmental way. Try to empathize with them and their concerns.
Be a good role model. If you drink, make sure to set a good example of moderation and making healthy choices.
Secure and monitor the alcohol in your home. Teens can be curious and might get into your liquor cabinet or beer fridge. Notice when things are missing, low, or watered down.
Collaborate with other parents. Work together to make sure children are where they say they are. Communicate your expectations of alcohol use with other parents.
If you are hosting a party, be present and engaged. Check-in on your kids during the party.
Identify resources if your teen develops a problem with alcohol.
Don’t supply alcohol to minors, Parents Who Host Lose the Most!
In Pennsylvania, people found guilty of social hosting risk a misdemeanor and minimum fines of $1,000. In many communities, the adult host can be held liable for any injuries or damages caused by underage drinkers.
Request "Parents Who Host" Campaign Materials
COCA offers printed posters, handouts, yard signs, and larger banners (see examples below) to Berks County schools and community and faith-based organizations who wish to participate in this campaign.