Texas does not recognize a social-host civil cause of action for making alcohol available to guests under age eighteen. It is a crime, however.
In 2001, the Texas Supreme Court decided in Daniel v. Reeder that the fact that the Legislature enacts a criminal statute does not necessarily mean that the Supreme Court may recognize a civil cause of action predicated upon that statute. The Supreme Court declined to find, as a matter of law, that a social host is civilly liable for serving alcohol to an under-age guest.
That leaves it as “merely” a crime. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code Section 106.06 makes it a crime to buy, serve or provide a minor with alcohol. There are a few exceptions: it is legal if the alcohol is provided by the minor’s adult parent, guardian or spouse AND that person is present when the alcohol is consumed. A violation is a Class A misdemeanor. If the violation occurred at a gathering (such as a party) where alcohol abuse was occurring, the Judge is required, in addition to other punishment, to sentence the offender to at least 20 hours of community service, require him to attend an alcohol awareness program, and suspend his driver’s license or permit. Add that to a publicly available mug shot on the county’s website, some hefty attorneys fees for defense, and maybe some jail time. Not a good way to end a celebration.