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Underage Drinkers Run Up $750 Million a Year in Hospital Costs

Hospitalization for underage drinking is common in the United States, and it comes with a price tag — the estimated total cost for these hospitalizations is about $755 million per year. A Mayo Clinic study also found geographic and demographic …

Washington City’s New Underage-Drinking Law Targets Parents

Starting next month, Mercer Island parents will be held responsible for underage drinking at their homes even if they are out of town and unaware it is happening. The recently passed “social host” ordinance is believed to be the first …

Judge Tosses Tennessee Cheerleaders’ Damages Lawsuit

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by three former high school cheerleaders who were kicked off the squad for underage drinking. The damage suit filed by parents of the former cheerleaders at Ooltewah High School against Hamilton County schools, …

Mississippi Toughens Parental Social Host Liquor Liability Law

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has signed into law a bill that supporters say will make it easier to prosecute parents who host drinking parties for teenagers. The “social host” bill makes adults liable for knowingly allowing underage drinking on their …