There is one asinine law on the books which guarantees an increase in teenage deaths from drunk driving and alcohol poisoning as well as guaranteeing an increase in teenage date rape, unwanted teen pregnancy, and teen STDs including HIV. This is the law which makes it illegal for parents to host parties for their children and their children’s friends which serve alcohol.
Such a law will do nothing to stop teenagers from drinking alcohol; all it will serve to do is to drive teenagers away from a safe and supervised drinking environment to an unsafe and unsupervised one.
If parents are allowed to host such parties then they can see to it that no one attending the party drives. They can allow guests to sleep over until they are sober enough to leave in the morning. And a chaperon can see that guests do not engage in insane drinking which leads to alcohol poisoning. A chaperon can also insure that this is not an occasion for an orgy.
Other countries in the world encourage parents to teach children safe and sane drinking behaviors in the home. The United States is very backwards on this one.
US News and World Report has an article on this topic: A Host of Trouble