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Parents who Host
Lose the most

A public health media campaign designed by Prevention Action Alliance, Parents Who Host Lose The Most helps prevent underage drinking in our community. It reinforces everyone’s responsibility to promote healthy choices in your community. Its key message reminds parents that it is unsafe, unhealthy, and unacceptable—and, in many communities, illegal—to provide alcohol for underage youth. It decreases young people’s access to alcohol by reducing the number of parents willing to provide alcohol for young people. Over time, it reduces the likelihood teens will drink alcohol and suffer the health effects that come from underage drinking.

Nearly 36% of students in Putnam County said they got alcohol from their parents with permission. 

ALL states prohibit furnishing alcohol to minors. 

The state punishes offenses through

  • Fines

  • Community service of 100 hours

  • Possible driving license suspension

  • Civil liability


It is also illegal to let anyone under 21 drink on one’s property.

About Alcohol

Alcohol is the most used drug of choice in the United States by adults and young people alike. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 86 percent of Americans 18 and older drank alcohol at some point in their lives, and 55 percent drank it in the past month.

Despite its widespread acceptance in American culture, alcohol is far from harmless. More than 15 million Americans will struggle with alcohol use disorder, which includes alcoholism, according to NIAAA, and 400,000 of them are teenagers. Unfortunately, less than 10 percent of people with AUD will receive treatment, and young people are even less likely than adults to receive treatment.

About 88,000 people die annually from alcohol-related causes, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death behind tobacco use and poor diet and inactivity.


Alcohol is a leading cause of driving fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2014, alcohol-impaired driving accounted for almost 10,000 deaths.

Underage Drinking

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol is a factor in an average 4,358 annual deaths of young people under 21. Those deaths come in the form of car crashes, homicides, suicide, alcohol poisoning, falls, burns, and drowning.


Additionally, SAMHSA found that 188,000 people under 21 visited the emergency room for alcohol-related injuries in 2011.

Young people who drink are also likely to have other problems. They’re more likely to carry out or be the victim of a physical or sexual assault after drinking, may have trouble in school or with the law, and have problems with alcohol later in life. Alcohol is also known to alter brain development and may cause cognitive or learning problems when people drink heavily and at a young age.

This information was found through

2022-2023 TN Together Student Survey

8th, 10th, and 12th grade Putnam County Students

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