Underage Drinking: Minimum Ages for On-Premises Servers and Bartenders

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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 serve or dispense alcoholic beverages in on-premises establishments. It features tables that include:

  • Policies for each state as of specific dates
  • Policy changes over time
  • Minimum ages set by each policy 
  • Whether a manager or supervisor must be present when alcohol is served
  • 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 these laws are based on
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Alcohol Policy Information System. (n.d.). Underage drinking: Minimum ages for on-premises servers and bartenders. Retrieved from https://alcoholpolicy.niaaa.nih.gov/apis-policy-topics/minimum-ages-for-on-premises-servers-and-bartenders/38