Prom and graduation... They're rites of passage that all too often occur while parents turn a blind eye and allow a "grown up" night out for their kids. This spring, a broad coalition of state agencies is teaming up to remind parents that it's up to them to "Set the Rules" about alcohol.
Underage drinking is against the law on prom night and every other night. The "Set the Rules" media campaign drives home the message that parents need to keep alcohol out of the hands of children they host in their homes, or be subject to arrest, fines, and even jail. And from a health standpoint, alcohol consumption has long term effects on brain development in underage drinkers.
This comprehensive media campaign is being implemented in cooperation with Trumbull Partnership Against Underage Drinking (TPAUD); the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management; the departments of Children and Families, Consumer Protection - Division of Liquor Control, Education, Emergency Services and Public Protection, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Motor Vehicles, Public Health and Transportation; the divisions of Criminal Justice and Public Defender Services; and the Judicial Branch. The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) and the Connecticut Food Association have also joined the campaign, which runs throughout prom and graduation season.