Drinking age in Florida
Every kid wants to know when he can drink in Florida, especially with Spring Break and all the parties. They want to know when they can have a good time and get some lovin’ on the beach, which drinking helps to procure for them too. However, since 1984, all the drinking ages in the 50 states have been 21. Of course, some states wanted to keep their drinking ages lower at 18 or 19, but they couldn’t keep it that way because the federal government threatened to withhold 10% of highway construction funds.
That’s a tough blow to the teens who wanted to go to Florida and have a fun Spring Break. Underage drinking is a big problem there though, because so many college students do go down there for Spring Break, and they want to get drunk. The drinking age in the United States really doesn’t make sense though, because the age of majority in the country is 18, and that’s the age when you can go to war, register for the draft, and vote. It should be the age at which you can drink too, but there’ an age discrimination in this country, and it’s not really fair to the people who are 20 and younger. The politically correct courts are too scared to do anything about. However, it’s a situation that should be remedied. It’s an issue that’s on the backburner in many states.
Prior to 1919 before Prohibition, it’s hard to find data on what the minimum drinking age was. In 1933, after Prohibition, it was raised to 21. It was lowered to 18 in 1973. It was then raised to 19 in 1980, and it was raised to 21 in 1985. The lowering to 18 was because the majority age was lowered in this country with the passage of the 26th Amendment, to 18, and then it was brought up to 19 for safety’s sake and to prevent drunk driving deaths. Then, it was raised to 21 to comply with the National Minimum Drinking Age Act.
It’s sort of unfortunate that Florida has a drinking age of 21 because thousands of kids each year get arrested for underage drinking just because they’re on the beach during Spring Break trying to have a good time. There are tens of thousands of kids that make their trek to Spring Break Mecca each year, and it’s unfortunate that they have to get arrested for doing something that comes natural to 18-year-olds. It’s just not fair that the age to go to war and vote is not the same age to drink, and the mismatch appears to be a form of age discrimination. It’s unconstitutional, and it’s not right that kids that are under 21, but 18 or older, can’t drink. The age of majority was something that triggered a whole host of states in the 1970s to change their drinking age limits to reflect the new Constitutional amendment. However, Congress kind of coerced the states into doing something different in the 1980s.