Underage Drinking

Possession/Consumption/Internal Possession of Alcohol

Laws that prohibit underage alcohol possession, consumption, or internal possession (see Definitions for this policy topic on the About This Policy tab), together with various statutory exceptions to these laws.

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Arkansas (3602)

Although Arkansas previously prohibited alcohol in the body of a minor from being deemed to be in his or her possession, beginning on July 27, 2011, Arkansas law has provided that intoxicating liquor, wine, or beer in the body of a minor will be deemed to be in his or her possession. See Ark. Code Ann. § 3-3-203(a)(2). Laws that prohibit minors from having alcohol in their bodies, but which do so without reference to a blood, breath, or urine test, are not considered as prohibiting Internal Possession as defined by APIS.

1/1/1998 - 7/26/2011Internal PossessionNo1 Citations
Arkansas (3534)

Although Arkansas previously prohibited alcohol in the body of a minor from being deemed to be in his or her possession, beginning on July 27, 2011, Arkansas law has provided that intoxicating liquor, wine, or beer in the body of a minor will be deemed to be in his or her possession. See Ark. Code Ann. § 3-3-203(a)(2). Laws that prohibit minors from having alcohol in their bodies, but which do so without reference to a blood, breath, or urine test, are not considered as prohibiting Internal Possession as defined by APIS.

7/27/2011 - 1/1/2020Internal Possession-No Law
2 Citations