Drinking Age

New Hampshire Considering Lowering Its Drinking Age

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Several lawmakers in New Hampshire are considering a bill that would lower the state's drinking age to 20--albeit only for private settings, rather than commercial transactions. The Bangor Daily News has the full story:

"Lawmakers again are considering lowering the drinking age in New Hampshire, though they’ve rejected similar bills in the past.

Republican Rep. Dan Hynes of Merrimack told a House committee Tuesday that countries with lower drinking ages don’t have the same problems with alcohol as the United States.

Under his proposal, 20-year-olds could drink alcohol in private settings, but couldn’t buy it or consume it in public..."

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Wisconsin Legislature Considers Lowering the Drinking Age

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A group of state legislators in Wisconsin are urging their colleagues to consider lowering the state's legal drinking age from 21 to 19. According to The Daily Cardinal, Wisconsin already has some of the more flexible drinking laws in the county, as minors in the state are permitted to drink booze if accompanied by a legal guardian:

"Already one of the booziest states in the union, Wisconsin could allow residents as young as 19 to belly up to the bar and walk through liquor stores under proposed legislation.

The bill, introduced by three Republican state legislators, would set Wisconsin apart from the rest of the country by lowering the drinking age from the federally-mandated 21 to 19.

Wisconsin’s alcohol regulation policies already stand out nationally, as minors are allowed to consume alcohol with a guardian of legal age.

Departing from federal standards, however, does not come free: States that do so lose crucial federal money. In Wisconsin, that loss could amount to over $50 million per year..."

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