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.

Dad and daughter sitting on the grass and talking to each other.

94% of PA parents believe it's their responsibility to talk with their kids about alcohol

But nearly half (48%) don’t have a great deal of confidence in their ability to influence whether or not their child drinks alcohol.

Tip: Learning the facts will make you feel more at ease starting conversations with your kids about alcohol. And 8 in 10 kids say their parents are the biggest influence on their decision to drink or not drink.

Dear Parent

Consider your child’s perspective when drinking in front of them or serving alcohol when entertaining.