The legal age for drinking in every state is 21. However, just like in other states, many South Carolina teenagers and individuals under the age of 21 engage in the act of drinking alcohol. Parents do their best to prevent their children from drinking, but law enforcement officials know that parents cannot be in charge of their children 24 hours a day. Police are actively on patrol looking for underage individuals who are drinking -- particularly those who are drinking and driving.
Because it is illegal for people under 21 to drink, when they are also drinking and driving, more stringent laws and punishments will apply to them. For example, did you know that an under-21-year-old can be arrested and charged with DUI if his or her blood alcohol level tests at just 0.2 percent? This means that a young driver could get arrested after just a single beer.