WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - As you toast to the New Year, make sure your children aren’t doing to same.
During a New Year’s Eve party, minors tend to have more opportunities to get their hands on alcohol.
Talk it Out NC, a state-sponsored initiative to reduce underage drinking, launched Operation “Holiday-Party Parenting” to warn families about the risks and dangers of underage drinking during holiday parties.
According to the initiative, if you allow a minor to consume alcohol or if you “should have known” kids were drinking in your home, you could be criminally charged.
If a child gets hurt or dies because minors were drinking in your home, you could be liable and could be sued.
"During the holidays, there are often more opportunities to drink underage, and we warn parents they must have a strategy to keep alcohol out of the hands of underage guests at their homes," says Jim Van Hecke, Deputy Director of Education Outreach for the NC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. "That's why we are launching Operation "Holiday-Party Parenting" to alert parents to the legal risks to them and to the health risks to their children because of the damage alcohol can cause to the developing brain. With many social events being held this time of year, it's the perfect season for families to start the alcohol conversation."
It’s advised that parents lock up alcohol that’s not being served. Also, give out color-coded or different style cups to adults and underage guests.
Parents are also encouraged to take the Talk it Out Pledge with your family.