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Legal Age To Drink Alcohol In The US?  
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9947 times:

I have a question about the legal drinking age in the USA.

Is 21 the legal drinking age in every US state or do some states make exceptions?

Patrick

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User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9927 times:

The federal government pressured all the states to adopt 21 as the drinking age about 15 years ago. There are some exceptions, however- like in Illinois, it is leagal for someone over 18 to drink alcohol on private property under the supervision of a parent or guardian. And many places have VERY lax enforcement of that law in the first place.

For the most part, though, it's 21 to drink everywhere



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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9925 times:

It's 21 years old in every state of the union. All 50 of them. No exceptions to this rule. Regards.


"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9913 times:

In the US, 18 to serve & die for one's country, 21 to drink.

Never made much sense to me but you're gonna have to go back to the Gipper's era for that one.


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9914 times:

Thanks for your quick replies!

Patrick


User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9905 times:

Stupid law. An 18 year old is old enough to vote and is old enough to die for his country, yet he can't go out and buy a beer.

User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9899 times:

Heavy, for what its worth, when 18 year olds join the military, they are still surrounded by supervision and leadership. Not sure if that makes a difference.


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9892 times:

Some states were slow to go to changing the leagl drinking age to 21; Louisiana was one of the last states to do so. The Federal government essentially told states to change their drinking ages to 21 or lose Federal funding for highways. Louisiana tried to get around it by making 21 the legal age to purchase alcohol, but made the legal age for possession and consumption 18. But the Feds saw through their attempt, and withheld Federal highway funds (which help to maintain roads) and the state had some of the worst roads in the US as a result.

User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11729 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 9890 times:

Yes, to purchase alcohol or to be permitted into a club or bar, you have to be 21 or older. Everywhere. Period. If an officer smells liquor on a minors breath, that person as well as the person who gave it to them will be in trouble. HOWEVER, I know minors that drink and are not stupid about having alcohol. In some parts of the country it is acceptable for minors to drink. Not legal, but acceptable.

GO CANUCKS!!



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 9883 times:

If an officer smells liquor on a minors breath, that person as well as the person who gave it to them will be in trouble.

I can imagine that there are strict consequences for someone who sells alcohol to a person under 21, every time when I ordered a beer in the USA my ID got checked very carefully. Only one time (on board a DL flight) I could buy a beer without showing my ID.

Patrick


User currently offlineIllini_152 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 9861 times:

Seb,

Not quite. Drinking, yes. But local municipalities are free to pass regulations about clubs and such. For example, here in Champaign County, you have to be 18 to get into a bar, but in the City of Champaign, while Urbana has no law, so it's 18 there. You have to be 21 to drink, but only 19 to get in.

There is kind of nod-nod wink-wink between the bar owners and the local politicians though; they could eliminate underage drinking in a heartbeat if they wanted to; all they'd have to do is start fining bar owners if they found minors in possesion of alcohol, and raiding the bars once a week. But the local gov't knows that a LARGE percentage of their liquor tax revenue comes from underage drinkers. And bar owners know a large ammount of their profits come from underage drinkers.

So they raid sporaidicly, handing out a few drinking tickets here and there just to students. Bar owners win, city wins, students get to drink underage pretty freely, but will get screwed when caught.

Like I said, the letter of the law is 21. How well it's enforced is a different matter entirely.



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User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 9845 times:

Lucky for you you aren't born in the USA  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Regards
Frederic


User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9826 times:

Driving with 16 and drinking with 21...

Actually, I think I would've missed many great times at parties in my youth if we were not allowed to drink alcohol.  Big grin

Although I would've died for being allowed to drive with 16 when I was younger than 18, by now if I think back how people are with 16, I think it's a good thing that they aren't allowed to drive cars.


User currently offlineUSAirways737 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1026 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9787 times:

Honestly the drinking age doesn't matter too much. If I want to get drunk this weekend all I have to do is make a phone call and I have it. Yes it is a little harder to get then going to the liquor store myself, but it still is quite easy to do. I'm fine with the laws the way they are. Drive legally at 16, Drink illegally at 16 (just don't mix the two), Drink legally at 21. You just have to try a little harder not to get caught.

Erik in MSP


User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 14, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 9753 times:

It was never a problem for me to get alcohol when I was underage. When I went to San Francisco and hung out with Superfly, we got into all kinds of bars and restaurants, and I had no problems getting alcohol. That was my last underage drinking binge.

Alex.



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