CREATED May. 15, 2013
BROWN COUNTY, WI- Social hosting is a growing problem in Northeast Wisconsin. The Pulaski School District is investigating an underage drinking party that was hosted by a school board member over the weekend. Tonight officers say parents hosting underage drinking parties is something that needs to stop.
Police know what happened in Pulaski could be one of many events being held in Wisconsin. They say this is something that is very hard to track down and can lead to serious consequences.
In Hobart, police handed out 10 underage drinking tickets and one for failure to act.
It's that time of the year....
"Parties, events, gatherings.."
Where underage drinking is more common. Parents providing alcohol for minors.
"Certainly a reocurring issue."
"It's just something in society that police officers encounter on a daily or weekly basis."
But it's also something that is difficult for law enforcement to prevent. The biggest worry is what it can lead to.
"Social hosting opens the door to invite trouble in."
Barbara Coniff of Libertas Treatment Center says social hosting can lead to drug use, fighting or even death.
"It's very difficult to control who is coming into your home. What are they bringing to that gathering," says Coniff.
"It just has so much potential to end up in disaster."
For Captain Randy Schultz OWI's are the biggest fear. Social hosting led to the death of a boy just last year in Brown County.
"There's three ways we find out about them and third is absolutely the worst," says Schultz.
They say an outcome like that can lead to prevention.
"We need to raise awareness to change the culture," says Coniff.
To make sure underage consumption doesn't continue.
If a person under 21 causes an OWI injury or death, the social host who provided the alcohol can be held liable for damages related.