Environmental Prevention

Clear. Consistent. Unified.

Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking is a tremendous tool for communities to address environmental factors which contribute to underage drinking.

Environmental prevention can be grouped into four key strategies:

Change Community Norms so high risk and illegal use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is not acceptable.

  • Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking strives to create consistent parental and community norms that underage drinking is not only illegal, but is unsafe, unhealthy and unacceptable.

Decrease Access and Availability of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

  • By increasing parental awareness and understanding of the health, safety and legal consequences of allowing underage drinking, Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking reduces the number of parents who allow underage drinking on their premises and property, which decreases underage access to alcohol.

Address the community’s media messages about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

  • Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking provides clear, consistent messages that are easily communicated by every sector of the community. The program kit contains many materials that can  be customized and distributed to the media, businesses, parent groups, churches, schools, law enforcement and other community sectors. In addition, organizations are encouraged to blanket their community with the message through outdoor advertising such as yard signs, banners and billboards.

    The program’s media campaign component helps communities to provide a clear, consistent and unified message to parents.

Address Policy and Enforcement.

  • It is important for communities to consistently review the appropriateness and sufficiency of existing laws and policies related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.  However, policies are only effective when they are consistently enforced within communities.  Ohio has a Social Host law; Ohio Revised Code 4301.69.

    Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking improves enforcement consistency by offering suggestions to help communities improve local enforcement of this and other underage drinking laws. The program also provides many opportunities for law enforcement to partner with other community leaders to communicate clear community standards related to underage drinking.