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When is underage drinking not a crime in Maryland?

Most teenagers know what the legal drinking age is in Maryland. In some cases, the taboo of underage drinking is one of the allures for people below the age of 21 to partake. But this is a dangerous decision that can have awful effects, especially if they are combined with driving or other potentially hazardous activities.

Alcohol use becomes more concerning as temperatures climb

Summer will soon be on the Mid-Atlantic Region, and that brings people out to the beach or picnics among other destinations. Even as the flowers bloom and we see more birds and bugs in the air, we also see more police on the roads of Maryland as they check drivers for alcohol and drug use.

Reasons a child can legally have alcohol in Maryland

There are some assumptions about safety regarding alcohol. One is that a person should not drive or operate machinery while intoxicated, as safety is nearly impossible to maintain while drunk. Another is that alcohol is bad for the developing minds and bodies of children.

Colleges cracking down on underage drinking

In recent years, there is an increasing number of colleges in Maryland and in states across the country that are enacting policies in order to deter students from underage drinking. According to the Center for Disease Control, alcohol is the most commonly used drug by youth in the United States. Underage drinking causes more than 4,300 deaths each year and plays a role in destructive behavior, unprotected sexual activity and poor school performance.

What to know about underage drinking in Maryland

Maryland law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from consuming alcohol. It also bars individuals under the age of 21 from possessing alcoholic beverages. However, there are several exceptions to these laws. For instance, a minor may drink alcohol at home as long as a family member over the age of 21 is there to supervise. Minors may also consume alcohol as part of a religious ceremony.

Drugged driving causes concern among regulators

As more states legalize or relax rules related to marijuana, drug-related car accidents may increase. That's why the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to create universal rules to test for drugged driving. The board also asks that the NHTSA provide Maryland and other states with more insight into how it can combat drugged driving.

How schools deal with underage drinking

It isn't uncommon for college students in Maryland and throughout the country to engage in underage drinking. However, underage drinking may result in schools being named as defendants in lawsuits or in a loss of prestige. To reduce their liability, colleges may create a code of conduct that students must live up to. They must also create anti-drug and alcohol policies to comply with the Drug Free School and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.

6 underage students charged for underage drinking party

In November, Maryland authorities raided a house where a party reportedly left the air so infused with alcohol that it registered a .01 on a Breathalyzer test. According to sources, the party was being held by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity in Bethesda.

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