For more information please call:  Columbia County Coalition 608-745-5490


Parents’ & Police Join Forces to Prevent Teen Drinking


The Columbia County Coalition and  Portage Police Department  have joined forces to prevent adult hosted drinking parties in Portage  using the Parents Who Host Lose the Most: Don’t Be a Party to Teenage Drinking campaign. 


Parents Who Host Lose the Most is a community effort that alerts parents to the legal and health related consequences of purchasing, providing or pouring alcohol for anyone under age 21, other than their own child. As part of the campaign, coalition members will  be providing information about the dangers of underage drinking, the legal consequences of hosting underage drinking in your home and how parents and other family members can host safe and fun alcohol free events for youth.


“Too many people think underage drinking is harmless or worse - acceptable if parents take cars keys away from youth.  Every year we hear about teens dying from alcohol poisoning or alcohol related poisonings and drowning that occur after adults provide alcohol to youth.” Heather Fish, member of the Columbia County Coalition. “No one has the right to endanger the welfare of someone else’s child by providing them with alcohol”, she added.


The Portage Police Department takes underage drinking and the adults who sell or serve alcohol to youth very seriously.  Individuals who purchase, provide or pour alcohol for anyone under age 21, except their own child, is breaking the law and will be charged under state or municipal law.


In addition to the planned public information effort, local law enforcement led by the Portage Police Department will be conducting alcohol age compliance checks in the area to confirm that local vendors comply with laws prohibiting the sales of alcohol to anyone under age 21. 


Underage drinking is illegal, has long term health consequences and is a factor in all five of the leading causes of death among youth.  We want this to be a happy prom and commencement season, underage drinking isn’t part of that picture.