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Drinking age in Delaware

Delaware has sort of liberal laws regarding underage drinking in its state. Underage minors are allowed to drink on premises where alcohol is not sold if they have parental consent. They are also allowed to drink for religious purposes. Delaware has an exception that says that members of the same family can drink, as long as the consumption is in a private home, and there are adults present.

The National Minimum Drinking Age Act has a confirmed age of 21 for the consumption and possession of alcohol, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t exceptions to the rule in various states. It’s up to the states to make up their own determinations about who’s allowed to drink, and under what circumstances, as far as exceptions to the rule. Some states are very draconian, like Alabama for example, which doesn’t allow underage drinking for any reason, whatsoever. Some states allow underage drinking for religious, medical, and educational purposes. There are always reasons where drinking may be a good thing to do, or a necessity, and it doesn’t interfere with the overall rule of not allowing minors and teenagers to drink and party, and possibly get into trouble or drunk driving accidents. Delaware is wise to allow drinking for certain specific circumstances, and to allow drinking in the home, for example, beer and wine with a meal as long as the parent is present.

Not all states have such liberal laws as Delaware though. Some states are very prohibitive in their treatment of everyone under the age of 21. They don’t allow drinking under any circumstances. That is, after all, the law of the land. It’s the federal law, and it’s something that has been a part of everyday life for Americans for over 20 years. It’s hard to deal with a uniform set of standards as far as drinking ages, and a lot of high school students and college students are against it, but it’s the law that was passed by Congress. However, the method that they used to pass the law, in threatening to withhold 10% of highway construction funds, if they did not raise the age to 21, was kind of like a form of duress, and the states eventually all succumbed to the law, against the better judgment of some of the legislators in the various states.

There is no known drinking age for Delaware prior to Prohibition, but it was raised to 21 after Prohibition. It was lowered to 20 in 1972. It was raised to 21 in 1984. In the 21st century, the law is currently at 21. There is no underage drinking by anyone younger than 21 unless they meet certain stipulations in the state. For example, people are allowed to drink if they have their parental consent or if they have to drink for religious purposes. There are always necessary exceptions to the main rule, but some states don’t seem to recognize those. Delaware is one that does. Being able to drink under the age of 21 is reserved for special occasions. It’s also reserved for certain religious rites and sacraments too.

 

 
 

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