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Mom and Dad, Don’t Give Booze to Your Kids

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My grandfather giving a beer to an 8 month old Dennis House

Going to prom is one of those milestones in life that you will never forget. Proud parents take pictures of their impeccably dressed children who are heading out to celebrate this rite of passage. Sadly, every now and then a parent has his or own picture taken, in the form of a mug shot.

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Just in time for prom season, Kara Sundlun and I just recorded a new public service announcement encouraging parents not to provide alcohol to teenagers. It is illegal for adults to provide booze to their children, and none of the usual arguments will get you off in court. “I thought it was safer, if I let them have a party at our house,” is a common line of defense. Far too many teens die in drunk driving crashes, and if you provided the alcohol, you are responsible.

It is up to you to set the rules. Not sure which rules my grandfather was following, but the 60s were a crazy time, just go ask Alice.

For more information check out http://www.settherulesct.org This is no laughing matter, although these prom pictures of Kara and me from a lifetime ago, most certainly are.

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