Alcohol Safety Tips for College Students
by Joy Spencer
Using a Fake ID
- It’s a Class C misdemeanor for anyone to misrepresent their age. If you are convicted, you can lose your driving privileges for up to one year.
- Did you know that if you’re using someone else’s ID, the person who owns the ID can also be held responsible?
- Choose not to drink until you’re 21. It keeps you physically safe and out of trouble.
- Make sure you are with a friend you can trust to help you make good decisions.
- There are stiff legal penalties for consuming alcohol if you under the legal drinking age of 21. If you’re caught with alcohol, you can be fined and/or required to perform community service. You might also be required to have an alcohol assessment and treatment program.
- Alcohol use can result in a trip to the ER, hospital, morgue, and/or a criminal record.
- Alcohol use can also lead to unplanned parenthood, sexually transmitted infection and disease.
Providing Alcohol to a Minor
- Even if you’re legal to drink, it’s not okay to give alcohol to someone underage. Providing alcohol to a minor is a Class A misdemeanor. Penalties are: first conviction: $350 fine. Second conviction, $1000 fine. Third or subsequent conviction: a fine of $1,000 and not less than 30 days of imprisonment.
- Even if you don’t buy the alcohol, providing a place for minors to drink alcohol is a Class A violation.
- Did you know that you can be held liable for any injuries, damages, or even death caused by someone else who obtained alcohol from you? It’s best to protect yourself when drinking with friends. Make sure everyone who is drinking is over 21 and have a house plan to deal with folks who’ve had too much to drink. Provide guests a safe way for them to get home if they need it.
- It doesn’t have to be your house for you to be responsible – it can be a camp site, hotel room, or any other rented/leased location.
- If liquor laws are being broken, any property that is involved in the “party” can be confiscated – glasses, furniture, DJ equipment, etc. If there is a conviction, your items become property of the state.
- If you’re in a situation where someone is in danger, don’t be afraid to call the police. It’s much better if you are proactive in getting professionals involved to take care of the situation, than if you try to cover it up and someone gets seriously hurt.