For Your Kids. Your Community. Yourself

The numbers don’t lie. Underage drinking in Long Beach is bad. As adults we have two options. Look the other way or look the problem straight in the eyes and take a stand. That’s what we’re doing with our LBA Coalition Partners. We invite you to join us and help us put under age drinking back where it belongs: in the bottle.

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The Facts Demand Action. Your Action

Every day 11,318 Americans

Aged 12-20 try alcohol
for the first time.

31.5% of High School Students

Reported binge drinking
(5+ drinks in one setting)
in the past 30 days.

5,000 people under 21

Die every year from
alcohol-related injuries
involving underage drinking.

Additionally

  • Young people who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin drinking at 21.
  • Kids who learn about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use.
  • Every year 700,000 students are assaulted by other students who have been drinking.
  • Studies show that people who drink throughout high school are more likely to be overweight and have high blood pressure by the time they are 24.
  • Teen girls who binge drink are 63% more likely to become teenage moms.
  • 95% of all date rapes on college campuses involve alcohol.
  • 30% of U.S. 9th-12th graders rode with a driver who had been drinking.

The Law Is Not On Your Side

Anyone over the age of 16 can be fined and/or serve time for allowing underage drinking on their premises.
The laws are extensive and the penalties are stiff. Protect yourself and our community. Know the law.

Laws & Penalties Related To Underage Drinking

Ordinances and laws may change over time. This document provides general guidance regarding underage drinking laws and penalties.
Please consult legal council for specific legal advice.

City of Long Beach Code of Ordinances

LAW PENALTIES WHAT IT MEANS

Sec. 17-2a. - "Social Host" - Consumption of alcoholic beverages and drugs by persons under the age of twenty-one (21) at private residences located in the city.

Type: Violation

• $1000, or
• Up to 15 days prison, or
• Combination of above.
Anyone over the age of 16 who allows an underage drinking party on premises that are under their control, can be:
• fined,
• put in prison.

Sec. 17-2. Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places.

Type: Violation

• $50-$500, or
• Up to 15 days prison, or
• Educational course, or
• Combination of above.
Anyone possessing alcohol in a public place can be:
• fined,
• put in prison,
• made to take an alcohol
    awareness class.

n County Local Laws

LAW PENALTIES WHAT IT MEANS

Title 64 — Social Host Law — Illegal for persons over 18 to knowingly allow the consumption of alcohol in private residences.

Type: Misdemeanor

• $250 — first offense
• $500 — second offense
• $1,000 and/or up to one
    year of imprisonment - third
    and subsequent offenses
Anyone over the age of 18 who allows an underage drinking party on premises that are under their control can be:
• fined,
• put in prison.

New York State Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws

LAW PENALTIES WHAT IT MEANS

ABC Law § 65-a. Procuring alcoholic beverages for persons under 21

Type: Unclassified Misdemeanor

• Up to $200, or
• Up to 5 days prison, or
• Combination of above.
Anyone caught buying an alcoholic beverage for someone under age 21 can be:
• fined,
• put in prison.

ABC Law § 65-b. Use of fraudulent identification to procure alcohol by persons under 21First Offense

Type: Unclassified Misdemeanor

• Up to $100, and/or
• Up to 30 hours community
    service, and/or
• Completion of alcohol
    awareness program,
• 3-Month suspension of
    drivers license if used as
    fraudulent ID
(Penalties increase for second and subsequent offenses.)
If someone under age 21 is caught using fake identification to purchase alcohol, they can be:
• fined,
• made to do community service,
• made to attend an alcohol
    education program,
• lose their drivers license
    for three months.

ABC Law § 65-c: Unlawful possession of an alcoholic beverage with the intent to consume by persons under 21

Type: Misdemeanor

• Up to $50, and/or
• Completion of an alcohol education program, and/or
• Up to 30 hours community service.
If you are under age 21 and are caught holding a container or cup of alcohol, you can be:
• fined,
• made to attend an alcohol education program,
• made to do community service.

New York State Vehicle and Traffic Laws

LAW PENALTIES WHAT IT MEANS

"Zero Tolerance Law" Blood Alcohol Content between .02 and .07

Type: Traffic Infraction

• $125 civil penalty
• $100 suspension termination fee
• Six month license suspension
(Penalties increase for second and subsequent offenses, for driving with higher blood alcohol content and/or driving while impaired by drugs.)
It is illegal for any driver under age 21 to have consumed alcohol. If you are found guilty, you will:
• pay fines & fees
• lose your drivers license for six months
• may have to pay additional fees or assessments
• your car insurance may be increased or cancelled

New York State Penal Laws

LAW PENALTIES WHAT IT MEANS

PL § 260.20: Unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree. (Giving, selling or causing to give or sell any alcoholic beverage to a person less than twenty-one years old.)

Type: Class A Misdemeanor

•Prison sentence up to one year.
• Fine up to $1,000.
It is illegal to give or sell alcohol to anyone under 21 years old. Exception — a parent or guardian may give alcohol to their under-21 child, but may be arrested (under PL §260.10) if they provide unreasonable amounts of alcohol to a child 16 or under.

Statistics

Legend: 7th Graders 9th Graders 11th Graders

Where Long Beach Youth Obtain Alcohol 2013

Where Long Beach Youth Are Drinking 2013

Past 30-Day
& Bing Drinking By Youth 2013

Legend: Past 30-Day Use Binge Drinking

Youth Perception of Risk & Parental Disapproval 2013

Legend: Perception of Risk Perception of Parental Disapproval

Long Beach Youth Past 30-Days Use 2013


Parenting Your Kids: The Top Ten Rules

1.
Let your kids know you don't approve of underage drinking and they'll be less likely to drink.
2.
Set a "zero tolerance" policy and be clear about the consequences of breaking your rules.
3.
Refuse to supply alcohol to children.
4.
Be home when your teen has a party and do not allow alcohol into your home.
5.
Make sure there is adult supervision when your teen goes to a party.
6.
Create curfews and wait up for your teen to come home - let them know you are waiting up. Establish "check-in" times for the evening.
7.
Get to know your teen's friends, families and their policy on underage drinking.
8.
Lock up your alcohol and prescription drugs.
9.
Set a good example by drinking responsibly and never before driving.
10.
Don't live in a bubble - watch for the obvious signs of alcohol or drug abuse like falling grades, new friends, sullen or withdrawn behavior.

Links

Here's more information on how to prevent and respond to underage drinking:


Partners

Our Partners

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
c/o Long Beach High School
322 Lagoon Drive West
Lido Beach,, NY 11561
www.lbeach.org/schools/high
516 897-2000

Long Beach Herald Newspapers
5 Endo Boulevard
Garden City, NY 11540
www.LIherald.com
516 569-4000

City of Long Beach Police Department
1 West Chester Street
Long Beach, NY 11561
www.lbpd.com
516 431-1800

Morning Madness Long Beach High School
322 Lagoon Drive West
Lido Beach, NY 11561
www.lbeach.org/schools/high
516 897-2000

Long Beach Auxiliary Police
859 E. Park Avenue
Long Beach, NY 11561
www.lbapd.com
516 431-6868

Long Beach School District
c/o Administration Building
235 Lido Boulevard
Long Beach, NY 11561
www.lbeach.org
516 897-2000

Nassau County District Attorney
c/o Long Beach City Hall
1 West Chester Street
Long Beach, NY 11561
www.nassauda.org
516 431-1003

City of Long Beach
Long Beach City Hall
1 West Chester Street
Long Beach, NY 11561
www.longbeachny.org
516 431-1000

Long Beach High School
Lagoon Drive West
Lido Beach, NY 11561
www.lbeach.org/schools/high
516 897-2013

Martin Luther King Center
615 Riverside Boulevard
Long Beach, NY 11561
www.lbmlk.org
516 889-6300

Long Beach High School PTSA
Lagoon Drive West
Lido Beach, NY 11561
www.lbeach.org/schools/high
516 897-2014

Long Beach Middle School
239 Lido Boulevard
Lido Beach, NY 11561
www.lbeach.org/schools/middle
516 897-2000

Long Beach Chamber of Commerce
350 National Boulevard
Long Beach, NY 11561
www.thelongbeachchamber.com
516 889-3869

Circulo de la Hispanidad
26 West Park Avenue
Long Beach, NY 11561
www.circulodelahispanidad.org
516 889-3869

Central Council PTA
c/o Administration Building
235 Lido Boulevard
Long Beach, NY 11561
www.lbeach.org
516 897-2000

Interfaith Clergy Association
C/o Temple Emanu-El
455 Neptune Boulevard
Long Beach, NY 11561
www.temple-emanu-el.org
516 431-4060

Long Beach Middle School PTA
239 Lido Boulevard
Lido Beach, NY 11561
www.lbeach.org/schools/middle
516 897-2000

Long Beach NAACP
c/o Ronnie Miles
rmiles1@yahoo.com

Long Beach Fire Department
1 W. Chester Street
Long Beach, NY 11561
lbfd@longbeachny.org
516 432-2434

Long Beach Latino Civic Association
52 East Park Avenue, #1
Long Beach, New York 11561
www.lblatinocivic.org


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Coalition Staff

Judi Vining

Executive Director

(516) 208-6205
jvining@lbcoalition.org

Patricia Hincken

Coalition Chair

(516) 208-6205
phincken@lbcoalition.org

About The Coalition

Long Beach Medical Center established the Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking in August 2000 to address the public health epidemic of underage drinking and other drug use in the Long Beach community. Founding members were Patricia Hincken and Judi Vining from the Medical Center’s FACTS, Gil Bernardino (Circulo de la Hispanidad), Allyson Zubrin (SADD), Lt. John Radin (LBPD), Lenny Remo (restaurant owner) and Karen Groening (school district). The group expanded and grew rapidly into the active, vibrant Coalition, which continues to meet monthly.

Our Office

Long Beach Coalition, Inc.
20 West Park Avenue Suite 303 A
Long Beach, New York 11561