Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems is a leader in providing services and supports for people with mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities. The Delaware County Holcomb Prevention department is located in Media, PA. Holcomb has been providing evidence-based prevention programs for youth and parents in Delaware County since 1997.

Starting in 2010, Holcomb began providing similar services for Chester County.
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Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a Party to Teenage Drinking!

“Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” focuses on educating adults about Pennsylvania’s underage drinking laws and the consequences of breaking those laws. This campaign aims to reduce the number of parents who allow youth to use alcohol at parties and decrease youth access to alcohol.

In 2015, 20.4% of Delaware County 6th graders who drank alcohol got it from their parents, and 36.6% of Delaware County 8th graders who drank alcohol took it from their homes (PAYS, 2015). Children who drink alcohol in their homes increase their risk for continued drinking in their teenage years, and alcohol related issues later in life.

Well-meaning parents often host parties for their teens and their teens’ friends thinking that it will be a safer environment, even if alcohol or other substances are present. In Pennsylvania, it is illegal and unsafe for anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol. Underage drinking is illegal, and as a parent, you cannot allow your underage children and their friends to possess or consume alcohol on your property, even with their parent’s permission. Parents can face criminal charges, civil liability, large fines, and even jail time for hosting underage drinking parties. Furthermore, you cannot knowingly allow a person under 21 to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol.

“Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” is a registered trademark of Drug Free Action Alliance. This project is coordinated by Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems through funding from the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol, and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.