State & Local Alcohol Laws

Most questions about alcohol and drinking laws and regulations can be obtained by contacting local law enforcement agencies or the agency delegated with the authority to control alcohol production, distribution, sale and consumption within a state.


In the early 1700s, the alcohol content of distilled beverages was determined by using gunpowder. A beverage  would be “proved” acceptable by pouring some on  gunpowder and lighting it.

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State Alcoholic Beverage or Liquor Control Board Directory - These are the state agencies primarily responsible for alcohol beverage law enforcement.

Minimum Age for Bartending - Twenty-four (24) states in the U.S. permit adults age 18 or older to tend bar in on-premises establishments.

Minimum Age to Serve Alcohol in On-Premises Establishments - Thirty-seven (37) states that permit adults age 18 or older to serve alcoholic beverages in on-premises establishments.

Drinking Alcohol Under Age of 21 (Underage Drinking) Not Prohibited in 33 U.S. States - Thirty-three (33) states permit so-called underage persons to consume alcohol or to consume it under certain circumstances.

This Map links to state legal and administrative codes as well as to those of over 5,000 municipalities in the U.S. Alcohol Laws in the U.S. - Map ME NH VT MA RI CT NY PA NJ DE MD FL GA SC NC VA WV OH AL TN KY IN MI MS IL WI LA AR MO IA MN TX OK KS NE SD ND NM CO WY MT AZ UT NV ID CA OR WA AK HI



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