Alcohol use by minors
According to Tennessee State Law, it is unlawful for any person under the age of 21 years to have in such person's possession or transport any intoxicating liquor for any purpose. This section shall not be construed as prohibiting any person 18 years of age or older from transporting, possessing, selling or dispensing intoxicating liquor in the course of such person's employment. A violation of this law is a Class A misdemeanor and can be punished with a fine up to $2500, 11 months 29 days in jail, mandatory attendance in a substance abuse program, possible community service and loss of driver's license until the age of 21. Any person who purchases an alcoholic beverage for or at the request of a person under 21 years of age commits a misdemeanor and, upon conviction for such person's first such offense, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $500 and by not more than 30 days of community service work.
It is unlawful for any person who is younger than 21 years of age to purchase or attempt to purchase any alcoholic beverage. A violation of this law is a Class A misdemeanor and can be punished with a fine up to $2500 and 11 months 29 days in jail. Any person under 21 years of age who knowingly makes a false statement or exhibits false identification to the effect that he is 21 years old or older to any person engaged in the sale of alcoholic beverages for the purpose of purchasing or obtaining the same commits a misdemeanor.
If the person violating this subsection is less than 18 years of age, that person shall be punished by a fine of $50 or not less than 20 hours of community service work.