Notes: In Texas , a minor may consume an alcoholic beverage if it is in the visible presence of the minor’s adult parent , guardian or spouse. Internal possession is not explicitly prohibited. Purchase is prohibited, but youth MAY PURCHASE for law enforcement purposes.
A minor under the age of 21 can legally drink alcohol if given the drink by his or her parent (or legal guardian), and in the presence of his or her parent . Some restaurants may say it is not their policy to allow anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcohol , even if the parent gives the alcohol to the child.
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), no state exceptions related to minors consuming alcohol allow for someone who is not a family member to provide alcohol to someone under the legal drinking age of 21 at a private residence, however. In general, a family member is a parent , guardian, or spouse.
Here in Texas , a Romeo and Juliet law protects those who have sexual intercourse with those under the age of 18, but several conditions need to be met to qualify for that protection.
It is illegal to sell alcohol to anyone aged under 18 and for under 18s to buy or attempt to buy alcohol. However, children aged five to 16 are legally allowed to drink alcohol at home or on other private premises. “If children do drink alcohol, they shouldn’t do so until they’re at least 15 years old .”
As long as a legal guardian is present – and the bar permits patrons under the age of 21 – a minor can get wasted with his or her parents (although if you drink too much, you can get charged with public intoxication).
Texas , like the rest of the United States, sets the legal age for consuming or purchasing alcohol at 21. This is unusual. Most of the world allows teenagers to drink at ages 18 or 19. Some European countries even allow 16- year – olds to consume alcohol legally.
For someone under 18 to buy alcohol , attempt to buy alcohol or to be sold alcohol . For someone under 18 to drink alcohol in licensed premises, except where the child is 16 or 17 years old and accompanied by an adult. In this case it is legal for them to drink , but not buy , beer , wine and cider with a table meal.
Criminal penalties may include fines and jail time. Administrative consequences can include license revocations, fines, suspensions of the right to sell or serve alcohol , or the revocation of alcohol licenses. In states that prohibit private consumption, hosts of private parties may face jail or fines.
Generally, there is no law that forbids adults from drinking in front of minors at a party. However, nearly every state prohibits serving, selling, or providing access to alcohol to minors .
It is illegal in California for a minor to be in possession of alcohol in any public place. Based on this wording, it is not illegal for a minor to be in possession of an alcoholic beverage in his or her own home .
States That Allow Underage ( under 21 ) Alcohol Consumption. 45 states have exceptions to allow underage consumption of alcohol under certain circumstances. Five states (Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, New Hampshire, and West Virginia) have no such exceptions.
Under Wisconsin law, those who are 18 to 20 can legally drink with a parent , guardian or spouse that is of legal drinking age.