Underage Drinking Law

Underage Drinking Law

  • As a parent, you cannot give alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 under any circumstances, even in your own home, even with their parent's permission.
  • You cannot knowingly, allow people under 21 to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol.

If you break the law:

  • You can face a minimum sentence of 3 months in jail and/or a $500.00 fine.
  • Others can sue you if you give alcohol to anyone under 21 and they, in turn, hurt someone, themselves or damage property.
  • Officers can take any alcohol, money or property used in committing the offense.

Things you can do as a parent:

  • Refuse to supply alcohol to anyone under age 21 and they, in turn, hurt someone, themselves or damage property.
  • Be at home when your teen has a party.
  • Make sure that alcohol is not brought into your home or property by your teen's friends.
  • Talk to other parents about not providing alcohol at other events your child will be attending.
  • Create alcohol-free opportunities and activities in your home so teens will feel welcome.
  • Report underage drinking by calling your local police department.