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On 2002-02-28 20:23, rpmdds wrote:
Do all states have a 21 year old drinking age? It's 19 in Canada (maybe different in Que, not sure). I guess that's why our beer is stronger, we get desensitized at an earlier age! :lol: </BLOCKQUOTE></FONT></TD></TR><TR><TD><HR></TD></TR></TABLE>
Yup. Up until the mid-'80s, almost all states were at 18 or 19 (or some sort of hybrid like you can purchase beer at 18 and hard liquor at 19). States knew that kids would jump the border to the neighboring state and drink there (losing on tax revenue, complaints from the state tavern associations, having to deal with drunk driving kids who got drunk out of state, etc.) Reagan and MADD also knew that there was no way to mount a 50-state age 21 campaign, so they had Congress pass an act that would withold Federal highway funds from states that didn't have an age 21 drinking age within x years... Pretty much all states passed state laws mandating that very quickly and by 1990, almost everyone was at 21. While there were some loopholes here and there for a while (i.e. Louisiana's allowing of drinking under 21 due to some interpretation of the state constitution in the mid-'90s), AFAIK they've been pretty much plugged...
(P.S. In an ironic twist, the US Supreme Court ruled in '99 or '00 that the above practice of witholding highway funds to essentially pass federal laws was unconstitutional and reversed that act of Congress. But by then the drinking ages in all 50 states were 21, and once you pass a law raising the drinking age, there's no going back (especially with the political clout of groups like MADD))...
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