What is the minimum drinking age?

You must be 21 to purchase or possess any alcoholic beverage, including beer, wine, or liquor. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is against the law to have alcohol in your system, if you are under 21. Even if you are not in possession of the alcohol/ beverage container, the court can still find that you are guilty of possession …

Can someone under 21 buy alcohol with parental consent?

No. Parents cannot legally authorize an underage child to buy alcoholic beverages of any type. It is against the law for anyone to sell alcohol to, make alcohol available to, or purchase alcohol for a person under 21.

What are the penalties for underage possession of alcohol?

Underage possession of alcohol is a Class 1 misdemeanor. A Class 1 misdemeanor carries a possible fine of up to $2,500 and/or a sentence of up to 12 months in jail. If convicted, the court shall order you to pay a mandatory minimum fine of $500 or perform a mandatory minimum of 50 hours of community service as a condition of …