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Parents Who Host, Lose the Most

Tell other parents: Letting your kid drink is risky. Letting my kid drink is illegal.

In South Carolina, it’s illegal for any adult to give alcohol to your teen — even with your permission. If they do:

  • They face a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and up to $1,075 in fines and fees.
  • Their penalties “stack up,” meaning they’re ticketed for each underage person to whom they give alcohol.

In fact, adults can’t knowingly allow anyone under 21 to drink or have alcohol in their home or on their property — even if they don’t provide the alcohol. They can be sued if they give alcohol to minors who then hurt someone — or themselves — or damage property.