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 Alcohol & Drugs

If your child is under the age of twenty-one (21), it is against the law for them to:

• Enter a liquor store or restaurant for the purpose of buying or being served liquor.

• Drink, buy, or attempt to buy, or have someone else buy, alcohol for them.

• Misrepresent their age or the age of another person (using a fake ID)

• Have any alcoholic beverage (open or unopened) in any part of a vehicle they are driving. The only exception to this regulation is for a teenager between ages 16 and 20 who is driving in the course of employment and may transport unopened alcoholic beverages.

It is unfair to pressure parents or older friends to purchase alcoholic beverages for them.

The law enforces strict penalties for adults who supply alcohol or drugs to persons under the age of 21.

ALCOHOL LAWS


It is against the law to serve or permit liquor to be served to minors anywhere, including in the home. It is against the law for minors to have alcohol in their possession at any time.

For more information on Social Host Liability go to:

http://www.mass.gov/Deas/docs/publications/br_dont_give_kids.pdf
Youth Task Force of Martha's Vineyard