Consumption of Alcohol by Minors

 
Consumption
by Minors
EXCEPTIONS
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California
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Connecticut
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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District of Columbia
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Florida
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Georgia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Idaho
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Indiana
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Iowa
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Louisiana
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Maine
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Massachusetts
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Michigan
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Minnesota
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Mississippi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Missouri
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Montana
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Nebraska
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New Hampshire
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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New Mexico
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New York
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North Carolina
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Ohio
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Oklahoma
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Oregon
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Pennsylvania
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Rhode Island
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Tennessee
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Utah
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Vermont
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Washington
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West Virginia
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Wyoming
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
State Totals
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24Colorado’s exception requires the knowledge and consent of the owner of the private property when minors possess or consume alcohol (in addition to the consent or presence of a parent or guardian). Also, it is an affirmative defense to illegal possession or consumption that existence of ethyl alcohol in minor’s body is due solely to ingested confectionery or a beverage that contained less than 0.5 percent of ethyl alcohol by weight.

25 Delaware’s exception includes “members of the same family” and allows possession or consumption of alcohol by minors in the “private home of any of said members.”

26Kansas's exception allows minors to “violate the provisions of the Kansas Liquor Control Act” if they are under the direction of a licensee's self-compliance program.

27Maryland's exception allows possession or consumption of alcohol by minors if an adult member of their immediate family allows it.

28New Jersey's exception allows possession or consumption of alcohol by minors with the permission and in the presence of a relative 21 or older.

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