Underage Drinking

Possession/Consumption/Internal Possession of Alcohol

Laws that prohibit underage alcohol possession, consumption, or internal possession (see Definitions), together with various statutory exceptions to these laws.

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Maps & Charts: Possession/Consumption/Internal Possession of Alcohol

Jurisdiction

Value

Alabama

Neither Type of Exception

Alaska

Exception for Both Together

Arizona

Neither Type of Exception

Arkansas

Neither Type of Exception

California

Both Types of Exceptions

Colorado

Exception for Both Together

Connecticut

Family Exception(s)

Delaware

Exception for Both Together

District of Columbia

Neither Type of Exception

Florida

Neither Type of Exception

Georgia

Exception for Both Together

Hawaii

Location Exceptions(s)

Idaho

Exception for Both Together

Illinois

Family Exception(s)

Indiana

Neither Type of Exception

Iowa

Exception for Both Together

Kansas

Neither Type of Exception

Kentucky

Neither Type of Exception

Louisiana

Both Types of Exceptions

Maine

Exception for Both Together

Maryland

Exception for Both Together

Massachusetts

Family Exception(s)

Michigan

Neither Type of Exception

Minnesota

Location Exceptions(s)

Mississippi

Both Types of Exceptions

Missouri

Neither Type of Exception

Montana

Family Exception(s)

Nebraska

Location Exceptions(s)

Nevada

Both Types of Exceptions

New Hampshire

Neither Type of Exception

New Jersey

Location Exceptions(s)

New Mexico

Exception for Both Together

New York

Family Exception(s)

North Carolina

Neither Type of Exception

North Dakota

Neither Type of Exception

Ohio

Family Exception(s)

Oklahoma

Location Exceptions(s)

Oregon

Exception for Both Together

Pennsylvania

Neither Type of Exception

Rhode Island

Family Exception(s)

South Carolina

Location Exceptions(s)

South Dakota

Family Exception(s)

Tennessee

Neither Type of Exception

Texas

Family Exception(s)

Utah

Neither Type of Exception

Vermont

Neither Type of Exception

Virginia

Exception for Both Together

Washington

Family Exception(s)

West Virginia

Neither Type of Exception

Wisconsin

Family Exception(s)

Wyoming

Family Exception(s)

Jurisdiction

Value

Alabama

Neither Type of Exception

Alaska

Exception for Both Together

Arizona

Neither Type of Exception

Arkansas

Consumption Not Prohibited

California

Consumption Not Prohibited

Colorado

Exception for Both Together

Connecticut

Consumption Not Prohibited

Delaware

Exception for Both Together

District of Columbia

Neither Type of Exception

Florida

Consumption Not Prohibited

Georgia

Consumption Not Prohibited

Hawaii

Location Exceptions(s)

Idaho

Neither Type of Exception

Illinois

Exception for Both Together

Indiana

Neither Type of Exception

Iowa

Exception for Both Together

Kansas

Neither Type of Exception

Kentucky

Consumption Not Prohibited

Louisiana

Both Types of Exceptions

Maine

Exception for Both Together

Maryland

Exception for Both Together

Massachusetts

Consumption Not Prohibited

Michigan

Neither Type of Exception

Minnesota

Exception for Both Together

Mississippi

Consumption Not Prohibited

Missouri

Consumption Not Prohibited

Montana

Family Exception(s)

Nebraska

Location Exceptions(s)

Nevada

Consumption Not Prohibited

New Hampshire

Consumption Not Prohibited

New Jersey

Location Exceptions(s)

New Mexico

Consumption Not Prohibited

New York

Consumption Not Prohibited

North Carolina

Neither Type of Exception

North Dakota

Neither Type of Exception

Ohio

Family Exception(s)

Oklahoma

Consumption Not Prohibited

Oregon

Exception for Both Together

Pennsylvania

Neither Type of Exception

Rhode Island

Consumption Not Prohibited

South Carolina

Neither Type of Exception

South Dakota

Family Exception(s)

Tennessee

Neither Type of Exception

Texas

Family Exception(s)

Utah

Neither Type of Exception

Vermont

Neither Type of Exception

Virginia

Exception for Both Together

Washington

Family Exception(s)

West Virginia

Neither Type of Exception

Wisconsin

Family Exception(s)

Wyoming

Family Exception(s)

Jurisdiction

Value

Alabama

No Internal Possession Law

Alaska

No Internal Possession Law

Arizona

No Internal Possession Law

Arkansas

No Internal Possession Law

California

No Internal Possession Law

Colorado

Interal Possessin Prohibited

Connecticut

No Internal Possession Law

Delaware

No Internal Possession Law

District of Columbia

No Internal Possession Law

Florida

No Internal Possession Law

Georgia

No Internal Possession Law

Hawaii

No Internal Possession Law

Idaho

No Internal Possession Law

Illinois

No Internal Possession Law

Indiana

No Internal Possession Law

Iowa

No Internal Possession Law

Kansas

Interal Possessin Prohibited

Kentucky

No Internal Possession Law

Louisiana

No Internal Possession Law

Maine

No Internal Possession Law

Maryland

No Internal Possession Law

Massachusetts

No Internal Possession Law

Michigan

Interal Possessin Prohibited

Minnesota

No Internal Possession Law

Mississippi

No Internal Possession Law

Missouri

Interal Possessin Prohibited

Montana

No Internal Possession Law

Nebraska

No Internal Possession Law

Nevada

No Internal Possession Law

New Hampshire

Interal Possessin Prohibited

New Jersey

No Internal Possession Law

New Mexico

No Internal Possession Law

New York

No Internal Possession Law

North Carolina

Interal Possessin Prohibited

North Dakota

No Internal Possession Law

Ohio

No Internal Possession Law

Oklahoma

No Internal Possession Law

Oregon

No Internal Possession Law

Pennsylvania

No Internal Possession Law

Rhode Island

No Internal Possession Law

South Carolina

Interal Possessin Prohibited

South Dakota

No Internal Possession Law

Tennessee

No Internal Possession Law

Texas

No Internal Possession Law

Utah

Interal Possessin Prohibited

Vermont

No Internal Possession Law

Virginia

No Internal Possession Law

Washington

No Internal Possession Law

West Virginia

No Internal Possession Law

Wisconsin

No Internal Possession Law

Wyoming

Interal Possessin Prohibited

Date

Family Exception(s)

Location Exception(s)

Neithern Type of Exception

1/1/98

23 states

20 states

21 states

1/1/99

25 states

21 states

20 states

1/1/00

25 states

21 states

20 states

1/1/01

25 states

21 states

20 states

1/1/02

25 states

21 states

20 states

1/1/03

25 states

21 states

20 states

1/1/04

25 states

21 states

20 states

1/1/05

25 states

21 states

20 states

1/1/06

25 states

21 states

20 states

1/1/07

25 states

21 states

20 states

1/1/08

25 states

21 states

20 states

1/1/09

25 states

21 states

20 states

1/1/10

25 states

22 states

20 states

1/1/11

26 states

21 states

19 states

1/1/12

26 states

21 states

19 states

1/1/13

26 states

21 states

19 states

1/1/14

26 states

21 states

19 states

1/1/15

26 states

21 states

19 states

1/1/16

27 states

21 states

19 states

1/1/17

27 states

21 states

19 states

Date

Consumption Not Prohibited

Family Exception(s)

Location Exception(s)

Neither Type of Exception

1/1/1998

24 states

13 states

9 states

13 states

1/1/1999

24 states

13 states

9 states

13 states

1/1/2000

24 states

13 states

9 states

13 states

1/1/2001

23 states

13 states

9 states

14 states

1/1/2002

22 states

13 states

10 states

14 states

1/1/2003

22 states

13 states

10 states

14 states

1/1/2004

22 states

13 states

10 states

14 states

1/1/2005

22 states

13 states

10 states

14 states

1/1/2006

21 states

13 states

10 states

15 states

1/1/2007

19 states

14 states

12 states

15 states

1/1/2008

18 states

14 states

12 states

16 states

1/1/2009

18 states

14 states

12 states

16 states

1/1/2010

17 states

15 states

13 states

15 states

1/1/2011

16 states

17 states

13 states

14 states

1/1/2012

16 states

17 states

13 states

14 states

1/1/2013

16 states

17 states

13 states

14 states

1/1/2014

16 states

17 states

13 states

14 states

1/1/2015

15 states

18 states

14 states

14 states

1/1/2016

14 states

19 states

15 states

15 states

1/1/2017

14 states

19 states

15 states

15 states

Year

Internal Possession Prohibited

Internal Possession Not Prohibited

No Internal Possession Law

1998

2 states

1 state

48 states

1999

2 states

1 state

48 states

2000

2 states

1 state

48 states

2001

2 states

1 state

48 states

2002

2 states

1 state

48 states

2003

3 states

1 state

47 states

2004

3 states

1 state

47 states

2005

4 states

1 state

46 states

2006

5 states

1 state

45 states

2007

7 states

1 state

43 states

2008

8 states

1 state

42 states

2009

8 states

1 state

42 states

2010

8 states

1 state

42 states

2011

9 states

1 state

41 states

2012

9 states

42 states

2013

9 states

42 states

2014

9 states

42 states

2015

9 states

42 states

2016

9 states

42 states

2017

9 states

42 states