Pennsylvania laws that identify crimes and penalties related to underage drinking are mainly found in the Liquor Code, the Crimes Code, and the Vehicle Code. Below are summaries of the various offenses for minors and adults related to underage drinking. The penalties referenced below apply to adults age 18 and older, except as otherwise indicated; minors under 18 would also face penalties for such crimes, but those penalties are adjudicated under the Juvenile Code.

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1 in 3 Kids have tried alcohol by age 8

By age 12, the number of kids who have tried alcohol increases to 2 in 3.

Tip: The earlier you start talking to your child about alcohol, the better. Early engagement can help your child avoid future problems with alcohol.

Dear Parent

If there’s alcohol abuse or addiction in your family, consider using situations your child has seen as teachable moments.