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The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 [23 U.S.C. § 158] requires states to prohibit persons under the age of 21 from publicly purchasing or possessing alcoholic beverages as a condition of receiving state highway funds. A federal ordinance interpreting the law excludes possession «for established religious purposes» from the definition of «public property»; accompanied by a parent, spouse or legal guardian who is at least 21 years of age; for medical purposes, if prescribed or administered by a physician, pharmacist, dentist, nurse, hospital or authorized medical facility; in clubs or private institutions; or for the sale, handling, transportation, or supply of liquor by reason of the lawful employment of a person under twenty-one years of age by a duly licensed manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer of liquor» [23 C.F.R. § 1208.3]. The minimum age to consume alcohol in Mexico is 18 and alcohol is permanently available in many places. The police may search minors in public places and confiscate or destroy alcoholic beverages in their possession. Incidents are reported to the legal guardian and child protection services, who may be involved in child protection proceedings. In addition, a fine is imposed on persons aged 15 and over. [167] In the late 1970s, some states raised the minimum drinking and driving age. U.S. alcohol laws regarding the minimum age of purchase have changed over time. In colonial America, there was usually no drinking age, and alcohol consumption among young teenagers was common, even in taverns.

[1] In post-revolutionary America, this laxity gradually changed due to religious sentiments (embodied in the temperance movement) and a growing recognition of the dangers of alcohol in the medical community. [1] Recent history is given in the table below. Unless otherwise stated, if there are different minimum ages of purchase for different categories of alcohol, the age listed below will be set at the lowest age indicated (for example, if the age of purchase is 18 for beer and 21 for wine or spirits, as has been the case in several states, the age in the table will be read as «18» rather than «21»). In addition, the age of purchase is not necessarily the same as the minimum age to consume alcoholic beverages, although they are often the same. During the colonial period under British rule, there was no drinking age. It was not uncommon to see young teenagers drinking in taverns. Cooking schools are the most common reason for this type of exemption. When cooking with alcohol, wine or beer, it is possible to leave enough alcohol in a finished dish to be considered alcoholic. So if you`ve been to cooking school and you`re under 21, and many are enrolled students, you shouldn`t try the dishes with alcohol you`re learning to cook. Thus, some states have exceptions for those who are in an educational environment so that students can study without breaking the law. Most laws only apply to alcohol consumption in public places and not to alcohol consumption in private homes. Some countries also have a minimum age for certain beverages, such as distilled alcohol.

In fact, public health researchers found that people`s age to drink the first full serving of alcohol was significantly related to knowledge of low-risk alcohol consumption and beverage counting. Knowledge about low-risk alcohol consumption and frequency of beverage counting increased more sharply with age at first drinking in adolescence than at the end of the period. [5] At the time, many states changed their minimum voting age to match the drinking age. Since then, some states have proposed legislation to lower the minimum drinking age to 18, but with little traction. The method of calculating the legal age for alcohol is slightly different from the calculation of Korean age, where another year is added to the person`s age, while this method does not take into account the month and day of birth, but only the year. [105] When you check in at your hotel, an all-inclusive package usually means you`ll receive a wristband. Use it to prove that you are over the legal age so you can order a drink easily and quickly. The legal drinking age is the minimum age to buy or drink alcoholic beverages. The minimum age for legal alcohol consumption may differ from the minimum age for purchase in some countries.

Health experts cite evidence that the age of 21 is necessary to protect young adults from alcohol dependence. States that have raised the minimum drinking age to 21 have seen a decrease in the number of car accidents. From 1976 to 1983, several states voluntarily raised their purchasing age to 19 (or, less frequently, 20 or 21), in part to combat drunk driving deaths. [ref. In 1984, Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which required states to raise their purchasing and public ownership age to 21 in October 1986 or lose 10 percent of their federal funding for roads. By mid-1988, all 50 states and the District of Columbia had raised the age of purchase to 21 (but not Puerto Rico, Guam or the Virgin Islands, see additional notes below). South Dakota and Wyoming were the last two states to serve the 21-year term. The current drinking age of 21 remains a point of contention among many Americans because it is above the age of majority (18 in most states) and above the drinking age in most other countries. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act is also considered a circumvention of the Tenth Amendment by Congress. Although the debates were not widely publicized, some states proposed legislation to lower their drinking age,[5] while Guam raised the drinking age to 21 in July 2010. [6] As can be seen in the table below, there has been great volatility in the age of alcohol consumption in states since the repeal of prohibition in 1933. Shortly after the 21st Amendment was ratified in December, most states set their purchasing age at 21, which was the voting age at the time.

Most of these limits remained constant until the early 1970s. From 1969 to 1976, about 30 states lowered their purchasing age, usually to 18. This was largely due to the fact that the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 with the passage of the 26th Amendment in 1971. Many states began lowering their minimum drinking age, most in 1972 or 1973. [2] [3] [4] Twelve states have maintained their purchasing age at 21 since the repeal of prohibition and have never changed it. In the late 20th century, much of North America changed its legal drinking age (MLDA) as follows: The consumption of alcohol in public places, with the exception of designated drinking areas, is prohibited regardless of age. Generally, a «medical exception» refers to certain products and drugs that contain traces of alcohol. States with this medical exemption may also allow minors to consume alcohol if a licensed physician prescribes or administers it as part of necessary medical treatment. The temperance movement gained momentum in the 1880s when several other states passed minimum drinking age laws. Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act in 1984, which sets the legal purchasing age at 21.

France, Italy, Spain, Ireland and Greece all have a minimum drinking age of 18. It`s important to make sure your restaurant or bar complies with alcohol laws. This can help you avoid penalties or fines and perhaps prevent someone who isn`t old enough to drink from making a bad choice. After all, some of life`s best things are worth the wait. In the United States, there have been proposals to change the legal drinking age. They haven`t gone far with lawmakers, making it unlikely that the minimum drinking age will change anytime soon. * For established religious purposes;* If a person under twenty-one years of age is accompanied by a parent, spouse or guardian twenty-one years of age or older;* For medical purposes, if purchased as an over-the-counter drug or prescribed or administered by a physician, pharmacist, dentist, nurse, a hospital or an authorized medical facility;* In a private dwelling, which includes a residential dwelling and up to twenty contiguous hectares on which the dwelling belonging to the same person who owns it is situated;* the sale, handling, transport or service of supplying alcoholic beverages on the basis of the lawful ownership of an establishment or the lawful employment of a person under twenty-one years of age by a duly licensed producer, wholesaler or retailer of alcoholic beverages.