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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South Carolina (3584)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2007Consumption-
South Carolina (3502)

South Carolina provides an exception for a minor’s use or possession of alcoholic beverages if the use or possession takes place in the home of the minor’s parents or guardian “so long as such beverage was legally purchased.” See S.C. Code Ann. § 63-19-2460.

7/1/2007 - 1/1/2020ConsumptionYesYes5 Citations
South Carolina (3674)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2007Internal Possession-
South Carolina (3538)

South Carolina provides an exception for a minor’s use or possession of alcoholic beverages if the use or possession takes place in the home of the minor’s parents or guardian “so long as such beverage was legally purchased.”  See S.C. Code Ann. § 63-19-2460.

7/1/2007 - 1/1/2020Internal PossessionYesYes5 Citations