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State Profiles of Underage Drinking Laws

- Alabama -

Underage Drinking: Underage Purchase of Alcohol

Purchase is prohibited, but youth MAY PURCHASE for law enforcement purposes.

Notes:
In Alabama, the law enforcement exception to the prohibition against underage purchase of alcohol is contained in an administrative regulation, Ala. Admin. Code r. 20-X-13-.01. APIS was only able to research this Alabama regulation back to October 16, 1998. Based on the limited availability of historic administrative regulations, APIS cannot conclude this exception did not exist prior to this date in this or another regulation.

Underage Drinking: Minimum Ages for On-Premises Servers and Bartenders

Beer: 19 for servers and 21 for bartenders
Wine: 19 for servers and 21 for bartenders
Spirits: 19 for servers and 21 for bartenders

Condition(s) that must be met in order for an underage person to sell alcoholic beverages:

  • manager/supervisor is present

Underage Drinking: Minimum Ages for Off-Premises Sellers

Beer: Not Specified
Wine: Not Specified
Spirits: 21

Condition(s) that must be met in order for an underage person to sell alcoholic beverages:

  • manager/supervisor is present

Notes:
A minor employee of an off-premises retail licensee may handle, transport or sell beer or table wine, provided there is an adult employee in attendance at all times.

Underage Drinking: False Identification for Obtaining Alcohol

Provision(s) targeting minors:

  • Use of a false ID to obtain alcohol is a criminal offense
  • Penalty may include driver's license suspension through a judicial procedure

Provision(s) targeting retailers:

  • No statutory affirmative defense - statutes do not provide an affirmative defense related to retailer's belief that the minor was 21 years of age or older

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits: Youth (Underage Operators of Noncommercial Motor Vehicles)
BAC limit: 0.02 - a BAC level above the limit is per se (conclusive) evidence of a violation.

Applies to drivers under age 21.

Underage Drinking: Use/Lose: Driving Privileges

Type(s) of violation leading to driver's license suspension, revocation, or denial:

  • Underage purchase
  • Underage possession
  • Underage consumption

Use/lose penalties apply to minors under age 21

Authority to impose driver's license sanction

  • mandatory

Length of suspension/revocation:

  • Minimum: 90 days
  • Maximum: 180 days

Underage Drinking: Prohibitions Against Hosting Underage Drinking Parties

Social host law is specifically limited to underage drinking parties.

Action by underage guest that triggers violation: Possession Consumption

Property type(s) covered by liability law:

  • Residence
  • Outdoor
  • Other

Standard for hosts' knowledge or action regarding the party: KNOWLEDGE - host must have actual knowledge of the occurrence

Preventive action by the host negates the violation (see note).

Notes:
Alabama's provision requires that the adult social host be in attendance at the gathering or party in order for a violation to occur. The "preventive action" provision in Alabama requires the prosecution to prove that the host failed to take preventive action.

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