Legal Drinking Age

Legal Drinking Age differs per country and even though it should be monitored closely, it is not strictly implemented. This is made obvious by many cases of underage youths trying their hands at alcohol and the like. Another cause of concern is that since each country has a different age limit, arguments have been cropping up about lowering the minimal drinking age, especially in the United States as it has the highest legal drinking age set in the world. The problem with this issue though is that it involves more than one aspect. It hits on the ideas of freedom, religion, and other abstract legalities like parental responsibility and rights.

In the United States, although it is commonly known that the legal age is twenty-one, there are some exceptions to that rule. Noted below are a few circumstances wherein one can possess and drink alcoholic beverages even before the age of 21. These instances are when it is 1for religious purposes, 2when accompanied by a parent, spouse or legal guardian of legal drinking age, or 3for medical purposes.

There is some debate though about the topic of allowable ages of purchasing and actually drinking liquor. In the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1948, it basically requires all states in the US to allow only those 21 or above to purchase the drinks. However it does not entail that the underage be banned from drinking. As of January 2007 though, around 14 states have added a ban on underage drinking, 27 states have slightly the same idea although they have an exception entailed to it, and the last remaining states although they have no outright ban imply the same message.