What Are the Alcohol Laws in Connecticut?

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Created On: Saturday, 12, October 2019
Modified On: Wednesday, 16, October 2019

The alcohol laws within the state of Connecticut are similar to other states, and cover the selling, drinking, and making of alcohol. The legal age in the state is 21 to purchase alcohol as it with every other state across the nation. However, there is no law in the state against drinking alcohol by anyone of any age under 21. Parents or a guardian must provide alcohol to the person who is under the age of 21 if they choose to drink. Within Connecticut, adults are permitted to serve alcohol, and an adult is considered someone who is 18 years old or older. They may also tend to bar and sell alcohol for off-site consumption, and there is no difference for beer, wine, or spirits.

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It is a crime in the state to use fake ID's, and it is a crime to make, transfer, lend, or sell a false ID. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to buy alcohol, and there is a fine of $200 or $500 if they are caught. Using a fake ID to buy alcohol is a crime in the state and can result in 30 days in jail with a fine. It is a criminal offense to drive while impaired within the state, and the prosecution does not require direct evidence of a person's BAC. Your first conviction of a DUI in the state will lead to two days to six months in jail, with a fine, license suspension, and an ignition interlock device installed. If you have a third conviction within ten years, you are facing one to three years in jail, a fine, and your license is revoked for life.

Alcohol abuse is problematic in the state, and according to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), 30% of high school students used alcohol in the past month. Of those high school students who used alcohol, roughly 48% of them reported binge drinking at least once in the past month. Binge drinking does lead to serious addictions problems and creates significant physical and psychological health problems. If you are struggling with alcohol addiction in Connecticut, it is important to reach out for help and find a drug rehab center and detox program to treat your addiction.