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ERIC Number: EJ911998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0739-0394
Cities, Counties and Universities Look for Ways to Prevent Underage Drinking--Social Host Laws Make Adults Responsible for Alcohol Served on Their Property to Those Under 21
Birch, Glynn R.
Campus Law Enforcement Journal, v38 n5 p29-30 Sep-Oct 2008
Municipalities and colleges are adding Social Host ordinances to their list of tactics to prevent underage drinking. The ordinances, which focus on the locations where underage drinking takes place, hold property owners responsible for making sure those under 21 don't consume alcohol in their home, apartment or any venue they own. MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) supports Social Host laws and encourages elected officials and social activists to advocate for laws in their own communities. MADD's Web site ( provides information and examples to assist those who are interested in pursuing the enactment of such ordinances. Social Host ordinances are enacted so parents, landlords, tenants, hotel/motel operators, campground owners and young persons themselves share a responsibility to ensure that underage drinkers are not allowed to use private residences or other private property to possess or consume alcoholic beverages.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico; Oklahoma