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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Virginia (3739)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2006PossessionYesYes1 Citations
Virginia (3533)

POSSESSION: Virginia law provides for two separate family exceptions. First, Virginia permits persons under twenty-one to possess alcoholic beverages due to such person's "making a delivery of alcoholic beverages by order of his parent." APIS interprets the phrase “by order of his parent” as providing for parental consent. Va. Code Ann. § 4.1-305. Second, Virginia permits underage possession when an alcoholic beverage is provided to an underage guest in a private residence and the underage guest is "accompanied by a parent, guardian, or spouse who is twenty-one years of age or older." Va. Code Ann. §§ 4.1-305, 4.1-200. The second exception is limited to specific locations, but the first one is not. Because at least one of these exceptions is not conditioned on a specific location, APIS codes the Parent/Guardian exception with a check mark rather than a plus sign.

7/1/2006 - 1/1/2020PossessionYesYesOnly in combination with some Location exceptionOnly in combination with some Family exception5 Citations
Virginia (3589)
1/1/1998 - 6/30/2005Consumption-
Virginia (3513)
7/1/2005 - 6/30/2006ConsumptionYes3 Citations
Virginia (3532)
7/1/2006 - 1/1/2020ConsumptionYesOnly in combination with some Location exceptionOnly in combination with some Location exceptionOnly in combination with some Family exception5 Citations