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The legal drinking age is the age at which a person can legally consume alcoholic beverages.These laws cover a wide range of issues and behaviors, addressing when and where alcohol can be consumed. The minimum age alcohol can be legally consumed can be different from the age when it can be purchased in some countries.
All 50 US states have set their minimum drinking age to 21 although exceptions do exist on a state-by-state basis for consumption at home, under adult supervision, for medical necessity, and other reasons.
Maryland raised the drinking age from 18 to 21 when the future Supreme Court nominee was 17.
The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 (23 U.S.C. § 158) was passed by the United States Congress on July 17, 1984. The act was a controversial bill that punished every state that allowed persons below 21 years to purchase and publicly possess alcoholic beverages by reducing its annual federal highway apportionment by 10 percent. The law was later amended, lowering the penalty to 8 ...
In short, we ended up with a national minimum age of 21 because of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984. This law basically told states that they had to enact a minimum drinking age of 21 ...
Ruth C. Engs. "Should the drinking age be lowered to 18 or 19"." Adapted from, and in, "Drinking on Campus," CQ Researcher 8 (March 20,1998):257. Issue's author Karen Scrivo. INDIANA UNIVERSITY, BLOOMINGTON
Belgium: Age 16 beer and wine, age 18 for spirits. Belize: Age 18 for both drinking and purchasing, although it is rarely enforced. Benin: There is no minimum drinking age in Benin. Bhutan: Age 18 for both drinking and purchasing. Bolivia: Age 18 for both drinking and purchasing. Bosnia & Herzegovina: Age 18 for both drinking and purchasing. ...
"The time has come to address the reality of alcohol in America" CHOOSE RESPONSIBILITY is a nonprofit organization founded to stimulate informed and dispassionate public discussion about the presence of alcohol in American culture and to consider policies that will effectively empower young adults age 18 to 20 to make mature decisions about the place of alcohol in their own lives.
The Debate On Lowering The Drinking Age. 60 Minutes: Some Say Age Should Be Lowered To 18, But MADD And Others Strongly Disagree
* Excessive alcohol use includes binge drinking (≥4 drinks on an occasion for women, ≥5 drinks on an occasion for men), high weekly consumption (≥8 drinks a week for women, ≥15 drinks a week for men), any alcohol consumption by pregnant women, or any alcohol consumption by those under the minimum legal drinking age of 21 years.