It's important to ask questions of your child when they are attending or giving a party. Many parents have the misconception that if their child is at home when they are drinking then it is safe or believe that at least they won't be drinking and driving. However, alcohol use before 21-25 years of age can have severe negative effects on a child's physical and social development.
In addition, risky sexual behavior, negative effects of physical development of the brain, and alcohol poisioning are just a few negative consequences. According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), adults who provide alcohol to minors face a Class A misdemeanor that is punishable by a fine up to $4,000 per incident, confinement in jail for up to a year, or both. Also, someone who provides will have their driver's license suspended for 180 days upon conviction. That is 6 months without a drivers license! If a minor consumes alcohol in your home or on your property and you are aware of it, you can be held liable for damages caused by intoxication.
To be on the safe side, be sure that alcohol is not available in your home or on your property, and supervise all parties. And when your child attends a party, it's okay to ask questions such as who will be the chaperones or will alcohol be available. And last, to report underage drinking and/or if someone is providing alcohol to a minor, please call 1-888-THE-TABC.