Drinking Alcohol Under Age of 21 is Not Prohibited in 33 U.S. States


In the U.S. 200 proof alcohol (pure alcohol) is rarely found outside a laboratory. That’s because if pure alcohol is exposed to the air, it will absorb moisture from the atmosphere and self-dilute down to about 194 proof.

All states in the U.S. prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21 as well as its purchase by such individuals. However, 33 states (two out of three) permit so-called underage persons to consume alcohol or to consume it under certain circumstances.

Drinking Under Age 21 Permitted 
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Wyoming
Drinking Under Age 21 Permitted if Parent or Guardians is Present 
  • Montana
  • Ohio
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
Drinking Under Age 21 Permitted in Parents’ or Guardians’ Home if They are Home 
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
Drinking Under Age 21 Permitted if  parent or Guardian Present OR if Married 
  • Louisiana
Drinking Under Age 21 Permitted if Married and Spouse or Parent/Guardian Present 
  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon

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  •  Alcohol Policy Information System of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

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