Alcohol use is regulated by state and federal law. The alcohol laws can be very strict so make sure you read the following information. While you may be able to drink under the age of 21 in your country, drinking under the age of 21 (underage drinking) is taken very seriously here.
You will always be asked for your ID (with valid birthdate on the ID) when you go to a bar or purchase alcohol. No ID, No Purchase!
State and Federal Laws
(i) Prohibit sale to and possession or consumption of alcohol by persons under the age of 21.
(ii) Make it illegal to have an open container of alcohol in a public space.
(iii) Consider driving while intoxicated a serious crime, punishable by large fines, jail sentences, and the loss of driving privileges.
Possible Consequences of Breaking State/Federal Law
Drinking under age 21:
- You can lose your driver’s license for one year
Drinking in public:
- You might be convicted of a misdemeanor and could have a criminal record for the rest of your life for DUI (Driving Under the Influence)
- A criminal record could prevent you from being a doctor, a lawyer, a credentialed teacher, and many more professions
- Applications for many graduate programs ask if you ever have been convicted of a crime
Driving Under the Influence (DUI):
- You could lose your driver’s license for at least 90 days
- You may have to pay a fine and fees of more than $1,500, and see a large increase in your insurance premium
- Be required to attend a costly and time consuming alcohol abuse program
- You could have a criminal record for the rest of your life for DUI
College of Wooster Policy
- The College of Wooster's Longbrake Student Wellness Center has a list of resources about alcohol use in College.
- Is outlined in The Scot’s Key (.pdf) and The Handbook of Selected College Policies (.pdf).
- Violation of the alcohol policy will result in disciplinary action.
- The College of Wooster reserves the right to inform parents of any violation of the College’s alcohol policies if the student is under 21 years of age or if there is a health or safety emergency situation. Health or emergency situations which may warrant parental notification include, but are not limited to: excessive intoxication, alcohol poisoning, or other life- or health-threatening situations, such as multiple or frequent alcohol-related incidents. (The Scot’s Key, p. 35)
Material on this website is general and for informational purposes only. It does not constitute or replace professional legal advice, and you should not rely on it solely when making decisions about your immigration status or reporting requirements.