ICRUD passed a social host law in 2014, thanks to the work of Senators Pete Miller and Mike Young, and community members who contacted their legislators.
How is social host different from the current underage drinking law?
It is a Class B misdemeanor to provide alcohol to a minor. Now, under social host, it is also a Class B misdemeanor to provide a PLACE for minors to drink. This includes the adult’s house, and any property they own, rent or control, including a hotel.
What is the penalty for violating the social host law?
The penalty for violating the social host law is a Class B misdemeanor, which can carry a fine of up to $1,000 and is punishable by one year in prison.
Why is social host important?
Underage drinking isn’t just a youth problem – it’s an adult problem. Most minors get their alcohol from an adult. When adults purchase or give alcohol to minors, they’re part of the problem. Adults who provide a place for minors to drink should be held responsible for allowing and facilitating underage drinking.
What can communities do to help ensure the social host law is being enforced?
Even though social host is a law, many law enforcement agencies, as well as judges, may not be aware that Indiana has a social host law. You can provide information and education on social host to law enforcement and judiciary. Communities can also provide information to the public, specifically adults, about the law. Social media campaigns, public information campaigns, and advertising can help communities understand social host and the importance of this law.
What’s the big deal anyway?
People under 21 drink in Europe and other countries and they don’t have problems.
If people fight for their country and vote at 18, why can’t they drink?
Kids are going to drink anyway – they should do it at home where they can be monitored and kept safe.
Laws like social host are just a way for the government to invade my privacy and creates criminals out of kids.
Underage drinking is a rite of passage and no big deal – I drank when I was underage and I turned out fine.