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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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: 7/1/2004
  • Change: Some family exception established
  • Details
                       
  • Jurisdiction: New Mexico
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/1998
  • Change: Multiple Changes
  • 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: 10/1/2018
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption eliminated
  • Details
           
  • Jurisdiction: Oklahoma
  • Effective Date of Change: 11/1/2015
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption adopted
  • Details
                                                                       
OregonNo Change
PennsylvaniaNo Change
Rhode IslandNo Change
South Carolina                                                      
  • Jurisdiction: South Carolina
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2007
  • Change: Multiple Changes
  • 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: 7/1/2006
  • Change: Multiple Changes
  • Details
   
  • Jurisdiction: Virginia
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2005
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption adopted
  • Details
                              
WashingtonNo Change
West VirginiaNo Change
WisconsinNo Change
Wyoming                                          
  • Jurisdiction: Wyoming
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2010
  • Change:
  • Details
                                                  
United StatesNo Change