When are exceptions to the national legal drinking age made?

On Behalf of | May 10, 2022 | Blog, Criminal Defense |

In Louisiana and most other states, the legal drinking age is 21. However, it’s important to know that there are exceptions to the national minimum legal age.

Can minors drink alcohol?

Although the legal age for consuming alcohol is 21 to combat problems like DUI, there are some exceptions. States are permitted to make their own laws pertaining to the sale and distribution of alcohol. As a result, exceptions exist in various states that legally allow those younger than 21 to drink alcohol.

What are the exceptions to the legal drinking age?

Louisiana is one of the states that has exceptions to the legal drinking age. Individuals under 21 are permitted to consume alcohol in their homes with and without parental consent while their parents are present or even not present.

People under the age of 21 are allowed to drink alcohol for religious purposes such as during a ceremony in their church.

Individuals younger than 21 years of age are permitted to consume alcohol if it was prescribed or administered as a form of treatment by a licensed doctor. This happens when some prescription or over-the-counter medication contains a certain amount of alcohol.

In Louisiana, it’s also legal for people under the age of 21 to drink alcohol on premises that sell alcoholic beverages as long as they have received consent from their parents to do so. It’s also legal for younger people to purchase alcohol at their workplaces for work purposes if they work at a restaurant or in the beverage industry. However, in some cases, they may not be permitted to consume alcohol in that situation.

Some people younger than 21 are also allowed to consume alcohol for educational reasons. This applies to culinary students, who can drink it in small amounts for their education.


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