C ], persons under 21 years of age are prohibited from purchasing alcohol in all 50 U. Although there are exceptions in certain states when alcohol is consumed at home, under adult supervision, and for medical purposes, the drinking age still stands. There are moves to lower the drinking age, however.
Minimum age is 21 Minimum age is 19 and 21 Minimum age is 19 Minimum age is 18 and 21 Minimum age is 18 Minimum legal drinking age as of when almost all states had their lowest age limit: Minimum age is 21 Minimum age is 19 and 21; see below Minimum age is 19 Minimum age is 18 and 21; see below Minimum age is 18 Detail on dual age limits Both age limits apply for following states: The legal drinking age is 18 for beer and wine, and 21 for liquor.
The legal drinking age is 19 for beer and wine, and 21 for liquor. The legal drinking age is 18 for 3. The legal drinking age is 18 for beer and wine and 21 for liquor. Minimum legal drinking age as of one year before the Drinking Age Act of was passed: Minimum age is 21 Minimum age is 19 and 21 Minimum age is 19 Minimum age is 18 and 21 Minimum age is 18 The alcohol laws of the United States regarding minimum age for purchase have changed over time.
This history is given in the table below. Unless otherwise noted, if different alcohol categories have different minimum purchase ages, the age listed below is set at the lowest age given e. In addition, the purchase age is not necessarily the same as the minimum age for consumption of alcoholic beverages, although they have often been the same.
Shortly after the ratification of the 21st amendment in December, most states set their purchase ages at 21 since that was the voting age at the time.
Most of these limits remained constant until the early s. From tosome 30 states lowered their purchase ages, generally to This was primarily because the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 in with the 26th amendment.
Many states started to lower their minimum drinking age in response, most of this occurring in or From toseveral states voluntarily raised their purchase ages to 19 or, less commonly, 20 or 21in part to combat drunk driving fatalities.
By mid, all 50 states and the District of Columbia had raised their purchase ages to 21 but not Puerto Rico, Guam, or the Virgin Islands, see Additional Notes below. South Dakota and Wyoming were the final two states to comply with the age 21 mandate.
The current drinking age of 21 remains a point of contention among many Americans, because of it being higher than the age of majority 18 in most states and higher than the drinking ages of most other countries.
The National Minimum Drinking Age Act is also seen as a congressional sidestep of the tenth amendment. Although debates have not been highly publicized, a few states have proposed legislation to lower their drinking age,  while Guam has raised its drinking age to 21 in July A MLDA of 21 has proven to lower car accident fatalities among year olds.
“ of the analyses (98%) in a meta-study of the legal drinking age and traffic accidents found higher legal drinking ages associated with lower rates of traffic accidents” (Journal of studies on Alcohol ). The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of (23 U.S.C.
and point to statistics on underage drinking as a reason to institute a lower drinking age, which would provide the opportunity to help "young people learn to make healthy and responsible choices".
At the repeal of Prohibition, the legal drinking age was accepted nationwide as 21, but when the voting age dropped from 21 to 18 in the early s, many states followed suit by lowering the drinking age .
states push for lower drinking age Some U.S. states are looking at lowering the drinking age as low as 18 in certain circumstances, despite a federal law that sets it at U.S. A central argument of the Amethyst Initiative is that the U.S.
minimum legal drinking age policy results in more dangerous drinking than would occur if the legal drinking age were lower.
Lower the Drinking Age to 18 Over soldiers under the age of 21 have lost their lives fighting in Iraq. And According to the government they were responsible enough to die for their country, but not responsible enough to have a drink of alcohol.