Parents who host teen drinking parties face serious legal action

Parents are the top provider of alcohol for teens

Parents accused of hosting a teenage drinking party in North Andover were arrested late Friday evening, after police found several empty beer cans and intoxicated minors on their property.

The incident was the third case this month where North Andover police officers busted up an underage drinking party, and the second case where a parent has been arrested in connection with underage drinking.

In the following brief video clips, John Knight, MD, director at the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research(CeASAR) at Children’s Hospital Boston talks about why some parents buy alcohol for their kids, the effect of parents who allow teen drinking or willingly turn a blind eye to it, and the potential legal ramifications for adults who choose to break the law by providing alcohol for underage drinkers.

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