Sure, people who are under 21 get in trouble if they are caught drinking underage, but so can people who are over 21.

How does that work?

It's illegal in Texas to furnish alcohol to someone who is under 21. While authorities might decline to get involved if, say, a father lets his 20-year-old daughter have a sip of wine at dinner, they are certainly not going to restrain themselves if they catch a 21-year-old buying beer for a 20-year-old.

That's what a Texas A&M student recently learned after a College Station officer arrested him at The Tap on Harvey Road early Tuesday morning.

An officer reported that he saw the 21-year-old man pass a beer to a friend who did not have a stamp on his hand indicating that he was over 21. The officer questioned the two and they allegedly admitted that the friend was underage, that the 21-year-old man knew he was underage and that the 21-year-old had been procuring beer for his younger friend

The 21-year-old has now been charged with providing an alcoholic beverage to a person under 21 years old. The younger friend, who is 20, was cited for being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Do you think when these two friends went out that night, they thought they would be getting in so much trouble? It's doubtful. Most people their age wrongly assume that underage drinking is not a big deal. In fact, it can be, and it really is not something that anyone should take lightly.

Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle, "Texas A&M student charged with providing alcohol to a minor," Nov. 27, 2012

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