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Drinking age in Idaho

The drinking age in Idaho is actually pretty unique. It’s the same as Alabama and several other states that don’t allow underage consumption of alcohol for any reason, and there are no exceptions to that stipulation. Even though the national drinking age is 21, there are several states that make exceptions for religious, educational, and medical reasons. There are even states that allow minors to drink if they have parental consent. However, Idaho makes no exception. They are very draconian in their drinking age law, and it’s almost like Prohibition for those under the age of 21. It’s not fair to some people that want to drink alcohol for educational reasons, for example.

There was no known drinking age before Prohibition. After Prohibition, the age for consumption and purchase of alcohol was 20 for beer and 21 for liquor and wine. It was lowered to 19 in 1972 with the passage of the 26th Amendment. It was raised to 21 in 1987 because of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act. It has remained 21 into the 21st century, just like the rest of the states that have raised their age to 21, and kept it that way, to comply with the law. The national law is the law of the land, and that’s the way it’s been since the 1980s.

The alcohol laws in the United States have gone through a series of volatile changes, both on the national level, and on the level of states as well. All states have their own different, unique takes on alcohol laws. The differences between the states are because states have their own legislatures, and its because states are autonomous in making their own alcohol minimum drinking age laws, at least until the passage of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act in 1983, and before that in Prohibition. It’s awful to think that so many people have gone without the ability to drink, just because they’re under 21 years of age. However, that’s the way that things usually go nowadays. There are very few exceptions to the national minimum drinking age law. It’s 21, and that’s the law of the land. There’s no real way around it. However, some states have come up with certain exceptions to the rule. It seems that Idaho has done nothing to get around the age limit of 21, and they make no exceptions to the rule.

Idaho is a big state with a lot of libertarian people, and it’s not exactly clear why they have a minimum drinking age of 21, and that it’s not lower, compared to some of the other states, that have lower drinking age possibilities for people who meet certain exceptions and circumstances. There are a number of folks out there who want to change the drinking age entirely to the age of majority, which is the age when people can go to war and vote. It doesn’t seem fair that there’s such a disparity in the law.



1 Comment

  1. Robert Holmgren says:

    Mormons! Idaho has a large Mormon population, and alcohol is forbidden to Mormons.


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