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Warning for adults about hosting underage drinking parties

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) -- High school graduation parties are taking place across Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast these days.  There are new warnings for adults who may be thinking about providing any alcohol to anyone underage.  Many parents may not know all the rules when it comes to parties with underage drinking.

It is illegal for to provide alcohol to anyone under 21 years of age - even to someone's own children in their own home.  Parents caught hosting underage drinking parties can be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor which carries up to 60 days in jail and a fine of $500.  Those caught a second time, could face up to $1,000 in fines and up to a year in jail.  If a teenager is holding an alcoholic beverage and not drinking it, the teen is still breaking the law.

"If they're going to have party at their house, they better supervise their kids or else they could be put in jail for six months, a year," said Rep. Irv Slosberg, (D) Boca Raton.  "There are heavy, heavy consequences to pay."  Slosberg's daughter Dori, was 14 years old when she was killed in a car crash in 1996.

In 2009, two Treasure Coast men were jailed after investigators say they allowed teens to drink alcohol at a party.  Three of those teens died after crashing their Jeep into a front-end loader on Cove Road in Stuart.  In Boca Raton in 2010, two parents were charged after hosting a party with hundreds of teens from American Heritage school.

Students like Palm Beach Gardens High School sophomore Alex Annese say drinking alcohol to have a good time is simply not worth it.  "What if that one little thing happens and you end up in a coma or you end up dead?," he asked. 

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