US states consider lowering drinking age
A number of US states are considering legislation to lower the legal drinking age from the current standard of 21 - if only to allow troops coming home from Iraq to drink.
The move would defy a generation of federal law and public opinion, which is strongly opposed to lowering the drinking age. In 1984 Congress set a uniform legal age of 21, threatening to cut highway funding to states which did not comply.
Despite the risk of penalties, however, seven US states are exploring lowering the drinking age - partly for under-age Iraq war vets and more broadly in recognition that teenagers are going to drink anyway.
“If you can take a shot on the battlefield you ought to be able to take a shot of beer legally,” said Fletcher Smith, who has sponsored legislation to lower the drinking age in South Carolina.
Kentucky, Wisconsin, and South Carolina have introduced legislation to lower the drinking age for troops to 18.
I’ve always thought raising the drinking age to 21 was stupid, I hope the states that want to put it back to 18.