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An underage drinking house party can begin with a simple invitation from your teen to a friend. Through social media that invitation can travel all across town and a quiet night can turn into a house party nightmare.

When parents think about underage drinking at house parties, they might flash to images of a trashed home or kids acting wild. Those are valid fears, but there are even worse consequences. Students drive to parties, or ride with friends. And then, after the party and the drinking, they get back in their cars to drive home.

Sexual assault, suicide, jail time, police record, tickets, car crashes and even funerals are potential endings to the one party gone wrong.

While alcohol is not the cause of rape or sexual assault, it is a facilitator. Alcohol and drug use can result in poor decision-making resulting in teens crossing lines they may not have crossed if they were not under the influence. Alcohol is the number one date rape drug and 90 percent of acquaintance rape and sexual assault on college campuses involves the use of alcohol by the assailant, the victim, or both.

Check out the following links for information on how to determine fact from fiction relating to house parties, and learn how you can help to prevent your kids from making bad decisions that will affect the rest of their lives – or even end result in death – because of a house party. Take a stand.