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Underage Drinking Legislation

Effective Oct. 1, 2006 
Public Act No. 06-112, AN ACT CONCERNING UNDERAGE DRINKING 

Previously, Connecticut law prohibited minors from possessing alcohol in public places, but did not prohibit them from possessing alcohol on private property. HB5211 An Act Concerning Underage Drinking addressed this loophole in Connecticut's underage drinking laws by holding both teens and adults accountable  for the problem of underage drinking. This bill provides legislative support to parents, who don't expect their children will be allowed to drink alcohol at another  parent's home. It sends a consistent message to everyone that underage drinking is unhealthy, unsafe and, unacceptable everywhere. Some important facts to  know about the new law: 

  • This law does not negate the Local Ordinances, if your city/town's ordinance  is more stringent than the state law, local punishments may still apply. 

  • This law does not grant police any more power; probable cause is still required before police come to your premises (for example - a noise complaint).

  • The criminal charges for a parent/house owner that is out of town have not  changed; but civil liability still applies. 

  • In essence, this law holds youth ages 16-20 who host drinking parties more  accountable by charging them first with an infraction, then a misdemeanor. The law also holds youth ages 16-20 consuming alcohol first with an infraction, then a misdemeanor.   
"It's one thing to care deeply about the issue of substance abuse prevention; but, it's another to be  part of the solution."      

Be a part of the solution -  join your Local Prevention Council in your town Today! For more information, e-mail coalitioncoordinator@casac.org.
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