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Drinking age in Iowa

The alcohol laws in the United States have gone through several changes over the years. They have gone up and down through several fluctuations and alterations since before Prohibition even. Each state has a different history. Every state has its own unique story on alcohol minimum drinking age. There was no known drinking age before Prohibition. The drinking age was 21 after the repeal of Prohibition. It was lowered to 19 in 1972, lowered to 18 in 1973, and raised to 19 in 1978. It was raised to 21 with the passage of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act. It has remained 21 ever since then.

There are exceptions to the rule that everyone has to be 21 years of age or older to drink. For example, you can drink on private, non alcohol-selling premises if you have parental consent. You can also drink for medical purposes.

The National Minimum Drinking Age Act changed a lot of what was happening in America at the time. The law was sent through in such a way that it seemed to coerce the states into going along with it. They either had to voluntarily alter the drinking age to 21, or lose 10% of their federal highway construction funds. It was a law that many saw as coercive by the federal government, and there was a lot of contention and argument about it afterward. Most people are sort of scared to even talk about the issue now, but there are a brave few, and even several movements in several states, that actually want to move the conversation forward about underage drinking, and what the legal drinking age should be.

Notwithstanding the drunk driving fatalities, there is a fairness issue about the states’ drinking ages. What age should it really be? Should it be the age that people can go to war and vote, or should it be a higher age, even though that doesn’t seem fair? It’s hard to tell what the drinking age should be, or what to pinpoint it as. There are heated points-of-view on either side of the discussion. There is a lot of contention on the issue, and people are scared by the prospect of more underage drunk driving fatalities, no matter when they think the drinking age should be. No one wants more drunk driving deaths. It’s a problem enough already. There are so many young folks that are victims of drunk driving all the time. To increase that number, by lowering the drinking age, seems like a bad thing to do in several peoples’ eyes.

However, it also doesn’t seem fair that someone can’t drink, even though they can go to war and vote. It’s kind of a bad thing to do for many people who risk their lives and vote, and do all the other things that adults can do. It seems sort of difficult and arbitrary to have the drinking age raised when 18 is the age for all sorts of other things.




  1. maurcio says:

    this is a lie kids drink when there about 10 years old e

  2. eaglebud says:

    Our kids can die in combat, but can not drink a beer? Because you might lose Federal Highway funds? Disgusting is all that comes to mind. You low down snakes! I think EVERY Congressman & woman should serve, and their children too! And you know where you can put your “do this or don’t get any money” blackmail tactics.

  3. dustoff630 says:

    In the 498th Air Ambulance Co., QuiNhon, Vietnam, ’66, we had PILOTS for whom we would buy liquor for at the PX, as they were only a bit over NINETEEN!

  4. Keith Young says:

    I find it hard to believe my uncle couldn’t drink a beer before he died as a Naval Medical Corpsman with the First Marine Division in Okinawa in May of 1945. He was a month shy of being 20 yrs. old.

  5. Be More says:

    In the military, people are under supervision and told what to do and when and how. HOwever, in the general public, a person is under their own direction. Given that 14% of driving fatalities are committed by only 10% of the driving public, them being those under 21, it seems people lack mature judgment until 21. Given that an elder/supervisor-type person is giving them orders in the military, may be what differentiates their performance in the military vs their performance under their own cognizance.


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