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Underage drinking is an adult problem

Increasing social host liability in Daviess County is considered an effective way to hold those adults accountable who knowingly allow underage drinking in their homes or apartments.

When young people gather together in large numbers and use large quantities of alcohol, there is an increased risk of fights, sexual assault, vandalism and DUI, all of which can have tragic consequences. These incidents often take place in single-family homes or multi-housing units and disrupt the quality of life in the neighborhoods. We should all understand that home parties have been increasingly identified as the primary source by which youth obtain alcohol.

Underage drinking is not a 'rite of passage'. The brain changes dramatically during adolescence and adolescents do not readily recover from the effects of alcohol. These adverse effects are often long-term and irreversible.

It is clearly dangerous and potentially lethal for parents to allow their minors and friends to drink at home. In a real sense, the very future of a generation is at stake. It is decision time. Become a part of the solution.

Statistics

The following survey results from Daviess County students support the need for a Social Host Ordinance in Daviess County.

A perceptual survey conducted by Citizens Helping All People Succeed (C.H.A.P.S.) of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students at Apollo High School, Daviess County High School and Owensboro Catholic High School found:

  • 50% of all students felt that parents, or friends of parents, in Daviess County allow teens to drink in their home
  • 50% of all students felt that most teens drink alcohol in a friend’s home
  • 72% of all students said they have attended parties where alcohol was present or being consumed
  • 80% of all students surveyed said teens in Daviess County obtain alcohol from older siblings/friends

According to a 2006 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention (KIP) survey

  • 43% of 12th grade students and 26% of 10th grade students have drunk alcohol within the past 30 days
  • 37% of 12th grade students and 21% of 10th grade students and reported being drunk within the past 30 days
  • 29% 12th graders and 16% of 10th graders reported having 5 or more alcoholic beverages in a row on one or more occasions (Binge drinking)
  • 52% of 12th graders and 29% of 10th graders feel it is very easy for them to obtain alcohol