4. UNLAWFUL SALE, PURCHASE, AND POSSESSION
OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
For purposes of R.S. 14:93.10 through 93.14, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) "Alcoholic beverage" means beer, distilled spirits, and wine containing one-half
of one percent or more of alcohol by volume. Beer includes but is not limited to ale, lager,
porter, stout, sake, and other similar fermented beverages brewed or produced from malt
wholly or in part or from any substitute therefor. Distilled spirits include alcohol, ethanol,
or spirits or wine in any form, including all dilutions and mixtures thereof from whatever
(2) "Public possession" means the possession of any alcoholic beverage for any
reason, including consumption, on any street, highway, or waterway or in any public place
or any place open to the public, including a club which is de facto open to the public. "Public
possession" does not include the following:
(a) The possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverage:
(i) For an established religious purpose.
(ii) When a person under twenty-one years of age is accompanied by a parent,
spouse, or legal guardian twenty-one years of age or older.
(iii) For medical purposes when purchased as an over the counter medication, or
when prescribed or administered by a licensed physician, pharmacist, dentist, nurse, hospital,
or medical institution.
(iv) In a private residence, which shall include a residential dwelling and up to
twenty contiguous acres, on which the dwelling is located, owned by the same person who
owns the dwelling.
(b) The sale, handling, transport, or service in dispensing of any alcoholic beverage
pursuant to lawful ownership of an establishment or to lawful employment of a person under
twenty-one years of age by a duly licensed manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer of beverage
(3) "Purchase" means acquisition by the payment of money or other consideration.
Purchase does not include such acquisition for medical purposes either when purchased as
over the counter medication or when prescribed or administered by a licensed physician,
pharmacist, dentist, nurse, hospital, or medical institution.
Acts 1995, No. 639, §1; Acts 1996, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 78, §1; Acts 2011, No. 264,
§1; Acts 2015, No. 212, §1.