Many students are often in festive moods as they celebrate finishing high school and begin their foray into adulthood. Although it may be illegal to do so, this marks a time in which many underage individuals may consume alcoholic beverages.
Driving while having some amount of alcohol in your system is never a good idea. When a person over the age of 21 is found to be driving while their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 percent or higher, he or she will likely have his or her driver's license suspended for a minimum of six months.
When college students throw a house party, it is more than likely that someone underage will be consuming alcohol there, even if the person that is hosting it is under the age of 21 and does not intend to facilitate underage drinking.
It is generally illegal in all of the United States for those under the age of 21 to consume alcohol. However, there are exceptions to this law in 45 states. These exceptions to the rule very widely; therefore, it is important for everyone, especially those under the age of 21 and their parents, to fully understand the alcohol consumption laws in the state that they are in.
Officials at Pennsylvania State University recently announced that two of the university's fraternities lost recognition following "several violations of university rules."
An underage drinking conviction comes with more severe punishments than you might immediately assume. A basic underage drinking charge is not considered a misdemeanor or felony in Pennsylvania, but it is what is referred to as a non-traffic summary offense. As such, it can result in the suspension of your drivers' license, stiff fines and even jail time.
Underage drinking is remarkably common, especially within American colleges. A big discussion in this regard is what responsibility a college or other educational facility has in preventing or taking responsibility for underage drinking.