Drinking age in Alaska
The alcohol laws of the U.S.A. have always been subject to change. They’ve never been a fixed thing in American culture, at least recent American history. For example, there was Prohibition in 1919, and it was repealed in 1933. That was one of the times in the history of this nation that alcohol laws were pretty standard and strict across the whole country.
The other instance of that happening was in 1984 was with the passage of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act. It put the minimum consumption age at 21, and that applied across all the 50 states. After that time, the alcohol consumption age in the United States has always been pretty standard at 21 years of age. Even though other countries have drinking ages that are much lower, or different purchase ages for different kinds of alcohol, America is unique, except for the Middle Eastern countries, in having some very strict drinking ages. They are also very standardized, and there is just one flat age for all types of alcohol, and there is no variance in between the states. In other countries, for example, Belgium, there are different ages for different alcohol categories. If you’re 18 and over, you can purchase beer and wine, and you can also purchase liquor. You can drink beer and wine at 16 in the country though. In America, the laws are very strict and standard at 21 years of age. Sometimes, the purchase age isn’t the same as the consumption age. However, it’s both for the United States. Everyone who purchases or consumes alcohol has to be 21 years of age or older. It’s a uniform system, and it was instituted at the federal level.
There has been a lot of change in the alcohol ages over the years. Alaska is no different. Alaska has definitely always had a libertarian spirit, and they’ve always been against any sort of personal or societal prohibitions, because they’re all about the individual. So, let’s take a look at the history of the drinking ages in Alaska. There was no known drinking age prior to 1919. After Prohibition, the drinking age was altered to 21. It was then lowered to 19 in 1970, and in the 1980s, specifically 1983, it was raised back up again to 21, because of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act. In the 21st century, it was still remaining at 21.
There are different circumstances, exceptions, and extenuating circumstances in every state that allow for the consumption of alcohol by young people. Alaska is no different. They have certain stipulations when it’s alright to drink alcohol.
For example, in Alaska, you can drink on non alcohol-selling premises, with parental consent. You can also drink for medical purposes. There are lots of reasons and exceptions to the rule of having to be 21 to drink. For example, some states have it that underage drinking of minors is prohibited under all circumstances. Alabama is one of those states where that’s the case.