Underage Drinking in Pennsylvania


February 9, 2023

Over the past five years, underage drinking citations statewide totaled 45,402. In Pennsylvania, an underage drinking citation is issued to anyone under the age of 21 who is caught possessing, consuming, transporting, purchasing or attempting to purchase any alcoholic beverage. These numbers do not include driving under the influence citations.

In Blair County in 2017, 215 offenses were filed; in 2018, 200; 2019, 164; 2020, 133; 2021, 79. In total, that’s 791 offenses, which makes up for 1.74 percent of the overall offenses. In Bedford County in 2017, 45 offenses were filed; in 2018, 28;...

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