TIL The drinking age in the U.S. is 21 because of a federal law requiring states to make that the minimum age to purchase and consume alcohol or lose up to 10% of annual highway funding.

Read more: https://www.vox.com/2019/8/23/20828644/us-drinking-age-is-21

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  1. Back in the day, some states had a legal age of 18 and the state next door would have it at 21. 18 year olds would drive across the border to get drunk, then drive back home, drunk.

  2. What if we bring it down to 18 and tax the hell out of alcohol for 18-21 year olds to offset the 10%? I would’ve (and did) overpaid for alcohol in those years.

    If you can hold a gun, you should be able to hold a beer, dammit.

  3. And for some reason SCOTUS decided that losing 10% of your highway funding was “Not Coercive” because magic and fairy dust.

    The fed is constitutionally not allowed to engage in coercive practices against the states. Yet as we see all the time, the constitution doesn’t matter if it’s inconvenient.

  4. “Want to go abroad and get blown up and shot at for two and a half years before an IED blows your leg off? Awesome, sign here!

    But you’d *BETTER NOT TRY TO BUY A FUCKING BEER TO NUMB THE PAIN OF LIVING WITH YOUR USELESS STUMP*.”

  5. There was a loophole until 1996 in Louisiana that allowed 18 year olds to still drink legally and when they changed the age to 21 if you had been 18 at the time you were grandfathered in and still able to drink.

  6. This may have changed but ironically the drinking age on at least one federal land (San Diego Naval Base) stayed 18 except for hard alcohol. This was to try and keep the sailors from heading to Tijuana and getting in trouble.

  7. Didn’t the Supreme Court rule a few years ago that you can’t use federal funding as leverage to force states to do what you want. I believe that was settled when California sued Trump for cutting federal funding to states with sanctuary cities.

  8. That doesn’t explain *why* it’s 21 though. That just explains why it’s the same for every state. The reason it’s 21 is the result of studies showing higher risk of fatal accidents in drunk drivers under 21.

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