California Underage Drinking Laws

It is unlawful for any person to supply liquor to any person under the age of twenty-one years or permit any person under that age to consume liquor on his or her premises or on any premises under his or her control.

California’s Social Host Law applies to adults who knowingly provide alcohol to people under 21. If that person goes on to cause personal injury or property damage, and the alcohol was a contributing cause of the damage, the adult who provided the alcohol could be held liable.

Every person who sells, furnishes, gives, or causes to be sold, furnished, or given away any alcoholic beverage to any person under 21 years of age is guilty of a misdemeanor.

If you are convicted of furnishing alcohol to a minor and that minor consumes the alcohol and thereby causes either him/herself or another person to suffer great bodily injury or death, you face a jail sentence and a fine.

In addition prosecutors could charge you with contributing to the delinquency of a minor law.  If convicted of this offense, you face a jail sentence and a fine.

Things you can do as a parent:

  • Refuse to supply alcohol to anyone under 21.
  • Be at home when your teen has a party.
  • Make sure that alcohol is not brought into your home or property by your teen’s friends.
  • Talk to other parents about not providing alcohol at other events your child will be attending.
  • Create alcohol-free opportunities and activities in your home so teens will feel welcome.
  • Report underage drinking to local law enforcement