Even in the case of cough medicines, parents have to wait a while before introducing their children to alcohol. The chemical in beer, wine and liquor has an outsized effect on young people and can have negative effects on young brains well after initial consumption. But there are limits to the generally understood prohibition of drinking alcohol as a minor.
What does Georgia law say about minors consuming alcohol?
Actually, the answer is nothing. There is no law that makes it explicitly illegal for underage people to consume alcohol. Most laws involve possession of alcohol, which could be anything from having an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle to holding an alcoholic beverage at a party.
Are there exceptions to laws against underage possession?
People under the age of 21 are prohibited from possessing alcohol with two major exceptions. Possession is not illegal in most cases involving the home of a parent or guardian or under the supervision of a parent or guardian. However, a parent may be liable for the actions of a minor who possessed alcohol under their supervision.
What about buying alcohol?
A minor is not allowed to buy alcohol in Georgia under any circumstances. This includes any purchases for law enforcement agencies.
Are there legal defenses for underage possession of alcohol?
There are circumstances in which charges may be reduced or dropped because of specific circumstances of an offense or a person's behavior during or after possession. An attorney can help discuss these exceptions and any other pieces of legal information that can help defend against underage possession charges.