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Spring break revelry triggers alcohol warning in San Diego

April 3, 2009 |  3:24 pm

With the approach of another spring break weekend, San Diego County officials warned parents today of the dangers of drinking and the criminal penalties for anyone caught giving booze to minors.

San Diego County has a "social host" ordinance that carries six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine to anyone giving alcohol to a minor.

In the last five years, 143 people in the county under the age of 21 had alcohol in their systems when they died, officials said. And each year, 2,500 youths in the county receive emergency room treatment as a result of alcohol-related injuries.

-- Tony Perry