National Minimum Drinking Age Act Law and Legal Definition

The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 is a federal legislation that requires states to prohibit persons under the age of 21 from purchasing and possessing alcoholic beverages. It is also called the Federal Uniform Drinking Age Act. The national law specifically prohibits purchase and public possession of alcoholic beverages by those unde the age of 21. However. it does not prohibit persons under 21 from drinking. The term public possession is strictly defined and does not apply to:

1. An established religious purpose, when accompanied by a parent, spouse or legal guardian age 21 or older.

2. Medical purposes when prescribed or administered by a licensed physician, pharmacist, dentist, nurse, hospital or medical institution.

3. In private clubs or establishments.

4. In the course of lawful employment by a duly licensed manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer.