Ohio's Drinking Age Law

A person must be 21 years old to drink beer, wine, mixed beverages and/or spirituous liquor.

It is illegal for a person under 21 years of age to possess any beer, wine, mixed beverages or spirituous liquor.

It is illegal for ANY PERSON to possess an opened container of beer, wine, mixed beverages or spirituous liquor in any public place.

It is illegal for any person other than the state to manufacture, sell or distribute in any manner a card or identification card issued for the purpose of establishing a person's age that displays the great seal of Ohio, the words "Ohio," "State," "Official," "Chauffeur," "Commercial Driver," "Driver," "Operator," or any other designation that represents the card as the official driver's license or identification card of Ohio (a 4th degree felony punishable by 6 months to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of $1,000 - $2,500).

Source: Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control

Student Life Feature 1

Marietta College Alcohol Policy [Excerpt]

The alcohol policy of Marietta College is in compliance with the laws of the State of Ohio, Washington County, and the city of Marietta. Students or groups who fail to comply with this policy will be subject to disciplinary

The alcohol policy of Marietta College is also based upon the recognition that:

  • The majority of Marietta College students cannot legally consume alcohol;
  • A number of students that are of legal age to consume or possess alcohol choose not to do so; and
  • Alcohol abuse on college campuses across the nation (including Marietta College) can be problematic.

Given these facts, the College acknowledges the desire of those students who are of legal age to consume alcohol. In addition, the college must ensure that the social life of the campus does not revolve around an activity in which the majority of students cannot participate.

Philosophy Supporting the Policy

Marietta College is primarily a residential college, which results in a dynamic, living community. This experience allows for a sense of community to be built among the students, faculty and administration, and it helps to strengthen both the ties and the sense of belonging to the institution. As a result, students have a responsibility to develop to understand how their actions affect the lives and experiences of those other members of the community. Responsible and legal alcohol use is a part of responsibility.

Marietta College recognizes that abuse of alcohol and other drugs is a problem on the nation's campuses. Alcohol abuse has a number of serious implications in the health, social development, and cognitive development of students, including lower GPAs and academic problems, financial difficulties, unwanted or unprotected sexual misconduct, injury as a result of intoxication, injury of another individual, damaged property, or death due to alcohol poisoning or a fatal injury. Alcohol is also known to be involved in chronic depression (Goral, 2004). Members of the College community who chose to not engage in alcohol are not immune to the effects of alcohol abuse. Students who are not engaging in alcohol use, but are living in the residential environment and are surrounded by individuals who are abusing alcohol are more likely to suffer academically due to disrupted sleeping or studying patterns, be assaulted physically by someone who has been consuming alcohol, be sexually assaulted by someone who has consumed alcohol, have personal property damaged by an intoxicated individual, or be responsible for the repairs of College property that was damaged by an individual under the influence of alcohol (Goral, 2004)...

Download the complete Marietta College Alcohol Policy (PDF)