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The Social Host Law FAQs
Remember: A Social Host is anyone (adult or minor) who is in control of the premises and who furnishes alcohol or allows it to be consumed on those premises.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I breaking the law if I allow my child's underage guests to consume alcohol in my home?
Yes. The legal drinking age in Massachusetts is 21. It is against the law to serve or provide alcohol to underage guests or to allow them to drink alcohol in your home or on other property you control. If you do, you may be prosecuted criminally. The penalty is a fine of up to $2,000, imprisonment for up to a year, or both. M.G.L. c.138, s. 34.
Can I be sued if my child or an underage guest at my home drinks alcohol and injures someone?
What if my child allows underage guests to drink or possess alcohol at my home or other property I control, without my knowledge?
Does the Social Host Law apply to marijuana in Massachusetts?
Yes. According to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 94G, Section 13(i):
“Any person of any age may not intentionally supply, provide or
allow (i.e., consciously aware of activity on property) marijuana,
marijuana products or accessories (i.e., paraphernalia) to anyone
under 21 for their or another’s use. Only exceptions are child or
grandchild on premises owned or controlled by suspect; or sale or
delivery of medical marijuana pursuant to G.L. Chapter 94I.”
For more information on Legal Consequence related to marijuana, click here.