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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AlabamaNo Change
AlaskaNo Change
ArizonaNo Change
Arkansas                                                      
  • Jurisdiction: Arkansas
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/27/2011
  • Change: Other change for internal possession
  • Details
                              
CaliforniaNo Change
ColoradoNo Change
Connecticut                                   
  • Jurisdiction: Connecticut
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/1/2006
  • Change: Some location exception eliminated
  • Details
                                                 
DelawareNo Change
District of ColumbiaNo Change
FloridaNo Change
GeorgiaNo Change
Hawaii                                 
  • Jurisdiction: Hawaii
  • Effective Date of Change: 6/19/2006
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption adopted
  • Details
                                                   
IdahoNo Change
IllinoisNo Change
IndianaNo Change
Iowa                                                                  
  • Jurisdiction: Iowa
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2014
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption adopted
  • Details
                  
KansasNo Change
KentuckyNo Change
LouisianaNo Change
Maine              
  • Jurisdiction: Maine
  • Effective Date of Change: 9/21/2001
  • Change: Multiple Changes
  • Details
                                                                      
Maryland                                               
  • Jurisdiction: Maryland
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/1/2009
  • Change: Multiple Changes
  • Details
                                     
MassachusettsNo Change
MichiganNo Change
MinnesotaNo Change
MississippiNo Change
MissouriNo Change
MontanaNo Change
Nebraska              
  • Jurisdiction: Nebraska
  • Effective Date of Change: 9/1/2001
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption adopted
  • Details
                                                                      
NevadaNo Change
New HampshireNo Change
New JerseyNo Change
New Mexico  
  • Jurisdiction: New Mexico
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/1998
  • Change: Multiple Changes
  • Details
                       
  • Jurisdiction: New Mexico
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2004
  • Change: Some family exception established
  • Details
                                                          
New YorkNo Change
North Carolina                                   
  • Jurisdiction: North Carolina
  • Effective Date of Change: 12/1/2006
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption adopted
  • Details
                                                 
North DakotaNo Change
OhioNo Change
Oklahoma                                                                       
  • Jurisdiction: Oklahoma
  • Effective Date of Change: 11/1/2015
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption adopted
  • Details
           
  • Jurisdiction: Oklahoma
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/1/2018
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption repealed
  • Details
 
OregonNo Change
PennsylvaniaNo Change
Rhode IslandNo Change
South Carolina                                      
  • Jurisdiction: South Carolina
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2007
  • Change:
  • Details
                                              
South Dakota                                                  
  • Jurisdiction: South Dakota
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2010
  • Change: Other Change
  • Details
                                  
TennesseeNo Change
TexasNo Change
Utah                         
  • Jurisdiction: Utah
  • Effective Date of Change: 5/3/2004
  • Change:
  • Details
                                                           
Vermont          
  • Jurisdiction: Vermont
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2000
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption adopted
  • Details
                                                                          
Virginia                              
  • Jurisdiction: Virginia
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2005
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption adopted
  • Details
   
  • Jurisdiction: Virginia
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2006
  • Change: Multiple Changes
  • Details
                                                  
WashingtonNo Change
West VirginiaNo Change
WisconsinNo Change
Wyoming                                                  
  • Jurisdiction: Wyoming
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2010
  • Change:
  • Details
                                  
United StatesNo Change