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Langley RCMP want to offer some cautionary words to parents after two Langley teens ended up in hospital, with one boy in serious condition, from drinking large quantities of alcohol.

Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Marks is urging parents to say no to letting their teens drink, and not to host underage drinking parties.

The first incident took place at a home where a group of nearly 50 youths attended a party. Alcohol consumption was permitted by adults. One young girl consumed a large amount of liquor before and during the party, police said. She was taken to hospital when she began to hallucinate, scream, spasm and cry.

The second event involved a smaller group of young people, who were drinking at a home. It’s believed one young boy accidentally asphyxiated himself at the party. He remains in hospital nearly two weeks later.

Police say it is of particular concern when parents are providing or facilitating underage drinking.

“There is fallacy in the belief that allowing young people to drink and party in a residence is safe,” said Langley RCMP officer in charge Supt. Derek Cooke. “Over the years I have heard of many such incidents and the message we should be giving to our children is that it simply is not appropriate for them to be drinking at all.

“No matter how responsible we like to think we are as adults, we simply cannot control the outcomes of young people drinking.”

In British Columbia, you’re allowed to serve alcohol to your own children in your own home. However, there are restrictions on serving alcohol to your children’s friends.

Here are some rules and regulations adults  should keep in mind:

• It is illegal to serve alcohol to a person under the age of 19.

•  You could be held legally liable for any accidents or injuries that occur on your property.

• If alcohol is involved, you could be accountable for any harm your party guests experience after leaving your residence.

In other words, adults are taking risks by hosting a party that involves alcohol.

Police ask parents to be firm and make tough choices, keep in mind the legalities and safety concerns and not to host a party where there is underage drinking.

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