40% of teen drinkers
nationally receive free
alcohol from adults.
Source: SAMHSA 2008
Northeast Ohio data reveals
similar adult involvement:
SAMS data (2004-07) for 7 NE Ohio school districts
Who We Are:
The Coalition to Amend Ohio's Social Host Law ("CAOSHL") is a growing organization of coalitions, groups and individuals dedicated to bringing change to Ohio Revised Code Section 4301.69(B) ("Ohio's Social Host Law").
Sam Landry and Atty Stephen Richman serve as the Coalition's co-chairs. Sam is a teacher and drug-free schools coordinator who has been involved with school- and community-based prevention for 20 years. Steve is an attorney, magistrate, and village councilman who is active in community prevention efforts.
Stephen Richman, Judy Stenta
Bellefaire JCB's Social Advocates for Youth
Sam Landry, Doug Wentz, Angela McClellan
Coalition for a Drug-Free Mahoning County
Community Action for Capable Youth
Officer George "Pat" Willis
Lake County Narcotics Agency / P.L.U.S.
with support from
Allison Sharer, Drug-Free Action Alliance
What is the Problem: Adult Involvement in Underage Drinking
Adults hosting teen parties where alcohol is served are often not held accountable unless a tragedy occurs. Under Ohio law, law enforcement and prosecutors must prove that an adult “knowingly” provided alcohol to underage drinkers or allowed drinking on the premises. Too often adults avoid being held accountable by claiming that they were “unaware” of teen drinking.
Why Underage Drinking is a Problem
Statistics on alcohol-related injuries and deaths among teens underscore the fact that underage drinking is not a rite of passage, but an unhealthy, illegal activity that often leads to grave consequences. For example. eight teenagers still die per day from alcohol-related causes; approximately one-half (½) of automobile crashes and suicides are alcohol-related; and teens who drink in their early teen years are four times more likely to become addicted to alcohol than those who wait to consume after they reach age twenty-one.
Solving the Problem: Amending Ohio's Social Host Law
Following the lead of other states, the Coalition to Amend Ohio’s Social Host Law seeks to amend section 4301.69 (B) of the Ohio Revised Code to change the culpability standard (criminal liability). A simple amendment would allow law enforcement and prosecutors to hold adults accountable in cases where they knew or should have known that underage alcohol consumption was likely to occur.
Ohio's Social Host Law: Frequently Asked Questions
How You Can Help
Please read and review our materials and join us in our effort for legislative change:
• Find us on Facebook at Coalition to Amend Ohio's Social Host Law.
• Sign and return (email or mail) the Letter of Commitment / Signature form.
• For boards, municipalities, or similar entities, adopt a Proclamation / Resolution.
• Municipalities may also consider enacting local social host ordinances.
• Help to prevent underage drinking in your home, neighborhood, and community.
Thank you for your support in our effort to reduce underage drinking and protect Ohio’s youth.
Coalition to Amend Ohio's Social Host Law
c/o Mahoning Co Family and Children First Council
100 DeBartolo Place, Suite 220
Youngstown, OH 44512