Underage Drinking: Minimum Ages for Off-Premises Sellers

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HHS Non-systematic Review

Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Last Reviewed: January 2019

This webpage includes tools about laws that set a minimum age for employees who sell alcoholic beverages in off-premises establishments. It features tables that include:

  • Policies for each state as of specific dates
  • Minimum age requirement to sell alcoholic drinks based on each policy
  • Whether a manager or supervisor must be present when alcohol is sold
  • Policy changes over time 
  • Citations to legal sources

Users can sort and filter the tables by a variety of criteria. In addition to the tables, the webpage provides resources like:

  • Timeline of policy changes
  • Useful maps and charts
  • List of variables and other definitions to help understand the language used in the webpage
  • Detailed information about the policy the state laws are based on
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Alcohol Policy Information System. (n.d.). Underage drinking: Minimum ages for off-premises sellers. Retrieved from https://alcoholpolicy.niaaa.nih.gov/apis-policy-topics/minimum-ages-for-off-premises-sellers/37