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4 ways kids get alcohol

On Behalf of | Sep 9, 2022 | Criminal Defense

Many people start drinking at an early age, usually with a parent or guardian’s permission, but some may drink without other people knowing. Drinking excessively at an early age can seriously affect a child’s growth and performance. Drinking may impair a child during school and even cause addiction problems as a coping mechanism. It can also lead to criminal charges if they’re caught with alcohol in their possession or drunk driving.

How do kids get alcohol? Isn’t it illegal to buy alcohol under 21 years of age? Here’s what you should know:

Stealing from stores and homes

Kids can’t buy alcohol until they’re 21 years of age. That doesn’t stop some teens from getting a drink, however. Some teens may steal alcohol from liquor and grocery stores.

Buying from adults

Not only is it illegal for kids under 21 years of age to purchase alcohol but it’s illegal to purchase alcohol for a minor – that doesn’t stop some teens and adults from trying. Your kid may be paying an adult to purchase liquor for them.

Sharing with friends

Your teen may not even need work around their age to get alcohol. They may have friends who have figured out a supply of their own and are willing to share.

Using a fake ID

Some kids create fake IDs to bypass the laws on alcohol – despite the fact that a fake ID can lead to serious criminal charges. This could trick people into letting an underage person buy alcohol or enter bars. 

If you recently discovered your kid has alcohol, you may need to reach out for legal help when mounting a defense