Drinking age in Indiana
Indiana allows for underage drinking when reporting medical need because of underage drinking for a different minor. There was no known drinking age before Prohibition. The drinking age was raised to 21 after Prohibition. The legal age was still 21, even after the passage of the 26th Amendment, in the 1970s. It was 21 after the passage of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act. It has been still at 21 into the 21st century.
The National Minimum Drinking Age Act changed the landscape of drinking in the United States. It made it so that all states had to have a legal drinking age of 21, or they would lose 10% of their highway construction funds. It wasn’t really a good deal, and a lot of people were angry and up in arms about it, but it still passed anyway. Several people were mad that it was not the age of majority anymore either. The age when people can go to war and vote, they reasoned, should be the age when people can drink. There were several problems with the passage of the law, but it was passed anyway. There are still people who are seriously angry about it, and it looks like it might just get overturned at some point in the future. There are movements in several states to get the drinking age overturned and restructured to be at the age of majority. It’s just not fair to those people who can go to war and vote on our leaders, but don’t have a right to drink. There’s something a little off-putting about that.
Indiana is a state that’s famous for butting the national law of Prohibition when it was in full force. However, now, they are happy to not allow drinking for just about any reason, when you’re underage. There are a lot of folks out there who are pretty angry about this statewide ban on underage drinking, and they think the law should be changed to reflect the age of majority, or to at least allow for more extenuating circumstances where people can drink, even if they’re under the age of 21. That’s the way it should be, they reason, because it’s more natural. It’s also the right thing to do if people are committed to making the drinking age the same as the age to vote and go to war.
Indiana doesn’t allow many exceptions, and you really have to have a good reason in the state, and it’s a medical reason too. You can’t just drink because you want to. You can’t drink for religious or educational reasons either. You have to have seriously good reasons for drinking when you’re under the age of 21, and that includes medical reasons.
If you’re not able to drink when you’re under 21, then you can move to another state where there are more liberal laws on drinking when you’re under the age of 21.