Are There Specific Laws Surrounding Alcohol Use and Sale in Oregon?
The alcohol laws within Oregon permit adults of any age to work as an alcohol server, such as a bartender or a cashier in a store that sells alcohol to drink off-site. An adult in the state is considered someone who is 18 years old an older. Persons of any age under 21 may drink in a residence, but a parent or guardian must be present. However, it is prohibited for anyone under the age of 21 to possess alcohol, which includes consumption of alcohol. It is illegal for those under 21 to buy alcohol or try to buy it. It is also illegal for those under 21 to drive with any measurable alcohol in their bodies.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous and does result in injury and death each year. It is a crime in Oregon to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and if your BAC is higher than .08% you will be charged with a DUI. However, a driver can also be arrested if their BAC is under the legal limit. Your first offense can result in jail for two days up to one year, along with fines, license suspension, and an ignition interlock device installed. If you are charged for the fourth time your license is permanently taken away, and you will go to prison for up to five years, along with paying a large fine.
The number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities has been on the decline since 2015 where there was 176, and in 2017 there was 149. The state of Oregon does take steps to reduce harms associated with alcohol and substance use. Key strategies have been to increase the price of alcohol, maintain state alcohol beverage control, and increase the number of colleges and universities with restrictions on alcohol promotion. Alcohol abuse such as binge drinking can become a problem at any age and is a dangerous problem when the person starts drinking at a young age. Alcohol treatment programs in the state can help people who are addicted to alcohol through effective detox and rehabilitation.