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If You’re Under Age 21, Drinking Is Always Illegal

Sara Bellum

You’re going to an after-prom party, and your parents ask if the host’s parents will be there. You may say, “yes,” and it may be true, but you also secretly may know that they will allow underage guests to drink alcohol. You think this is okay, because, after all, an adult is there.

Not true.

Not only is it always illegal for people under age 21 to drink alcohol—no matter where you are or who you got it from—but the adults serving underage people may also be breaking the law.

More than 30 states have passed “social host” laws that punish adults (anyone age 21+) who permit underage drinking on their property. This means that even if the adult who owns the property didn’t supply the alcohol, they can still be liable.

Read more about social host laws and what alcohol does to the teen brain.

Tell us: What do you think when adults are willing to give underage people alcohol?


It is sad to know that so many children are touching alcohol at such young ages. I like to see the laws hopefully tightening up to prevent this from happening. Parental liability is a must!
My parents and grandparents starting drinking in their teens. Underage drinking is not a new thing, and this young generation is no different from past generations.
This is not true in Wisconsin.

The “social host” laws vary by state. For information on a specific state visit the “Maps & Charts” tab on the Alcohol Policy Information System page:

Yup! It's true drinking is illegal for those who are under 21 age. So parents should take care of these things and not allowed their children or any other child to drink alcohol if they are under 21 age. Thanks for sharing this great post with us. It's been really great to be here. [link removed per guidelines]

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