A person under 21 is not the only one who can get in trouble for underage drinking. That's the lesson a College Station man learned recently when he was arrested after allegedly giving alcohol to someone under the legal drinking age. He has been charged with a Class A misdemeanor in connection with the incident.

The underage drinking incident occurred May 2 when the 43-year-old allegedly invited an 18-year-old foreign exchange student back to his home and served her rum-and-Cokes. How many beverages he is accused of giving her has not been disclosed.

Evidently, the student became ill from the drinks. She passed out in the man's home and had to be taken to the College Station Medical Center.

The man supposedly confessed to College Station police that he had given the woman alcohol. He was briefly jailed but was released mere minutes later after posting $4,000 bail. The charge against him carries a fine of up to $4,000 and a year in jail with conviction.

We know that a lot of underage drinking goes on at Texas A&M, as it does at just about nay college campus. But just because something happens frequently does not mean it is acceptable or permissible. Authorities do not take underage drinking lightly, either when prosecuting underage drinkers or those who give them alcohol. You should keep this in mind when making decisions. Peer pressure can often lead people astray and although lawyers are available to help you if you get into trouble, it is best to avoid such trouble in the first place if you can.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Man accused of giving alcohol to minor who passed out," May 25, 2012