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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AKNo Change
ALNo Change
AR                                                      
  • Jurisdiction: Arkansas
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/27/2011
  • Change: Other change for internal possession
  • Details
                      
AZNo Change
CANo Change
CONo Change
CT                                   
  • Jurisdiction: Connecticut
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/1/2006
  • Change: Some location exception eliminated
  • Details
                                         
DCNo Change
DENo Change
FLNo Change
GANo Change
HI                                 
  • Jurisdiction: Hawaii
  • Effective Date of Change: 6/19/2006
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption adopted
  • Details
                                           
IA                                                                  
  • Jurisdiction: Iowa
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2014
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption adopted
  • Details
          
IDNo Change
ILNo Change
INNo Change
KSNo Change
KYNo Change
LANo Change
MANo Change
MD                                               
  • Jurisdiction: Maryland
  • Effective Date of Change: 10/1/2009
  • Change: Multiple Changes
  • Details
                             
ME              
  • Jurisdiction: Maine
  • Effective Date of Change: 9/21/2001
  • Change: Multiple Changes
  • Details
                                                              
MINo Change
MNNo Change
MONo Change
MSNo Change
MTNo Change
NC                                   
  • Jurisdiction: North Carolina
  • Effective Date of Change: 12/1/2006
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption adopted
  • Details
                                         
NDNo Change
NE              
  • Jurisdiction: Nebraska
  • Effective Date of Change: 9/1/2001
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption adopted
  • Details
                                                              
NHNo Change
NJNo Change
NM  
  • 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
                                                  
NVNo Change
NYNo Change
OHNo Change
OK                                                                       
  • Jurisdiction: Oklahoma
  • Effective Date of Change: 11/1/2015
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption adopted
  • Details
     
ORNo Change
PANo Change
RINo Change
SC                                      
  • Jurisdiction: South Carolina
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2007
  • Change:
  • Details
                                      
SD                                                  
  • Jurisdiction: South Dakota
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2010
  • Change: Other Change
  • Details
                          
TNNo Change
TXNo Change
UT                         
  • Jurisdiction: Utah
  • Effective Date of Change: 5/3/2004
  • Change:
  • Details
                                                   
VA                              
  • 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
                                          
VT          
  • Jurisdiction: Vermont
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2000
  • Change: Prohibition on consumption adopted
  • Details
                                                                  
WANo Change
WINo Change
WVNo Change
WY                                                  
  • Jurisdiction: Wyoming
  • Effective Date of Change: 7/1/2010
  • Change:
  • Details
                          
USNo Change