Q: My teenager is having a party. Should I allow alcohol?
When making this decision, it is important to consider the legal and health consequences of allowing alcohol at an adolescent party.
Due to risk of harm from drinking, the Australian Alcohol Guidelines recommend that for people under 18 years of age, not drinking any alcohol is the safest option.
Supplying alcohol to a minor can result in being charged and receiving a fine. Throughout Australia, it is illegal for staff of licensed premises to serve alcohol to minors. It is now also illegal to serve alcohol to minors in a private home in most states and territories in Australia, unless their parent or legal guardian has given permission. Parent decisions about supplying alcohol to teenagers are important, as only 5% of underage drinkers buy their alcohol themselves.
For advice and guidance about safe partying for your teen, see our factsheet on Ensuring your teenager stays safe when they’re attending a party.