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Drinking age in Kansas

There was no verifiable drinking age before Prohibition in Kansas really. The drinking age was changed to 18 after Prohibition was repealed. It remained at 18 after the passage of the 26th Amendment. It was raised to 21 in 1985. The legal drinking age now is 21. However, anyone that’s under the age of 21 can drink cereal malt drinks with parental consent if they’re on their own property. Kansas allows for underage consumption of alcohol on private, non alcohol-selling premises with the consent of a parent. It also allows for the underage consumption of alcohol on alcohol-selling premises with the consent of a parent too. What are cereal malt beverages though? They are not distilled, but they are fermented, and they are made or brewed from a mixture of malt or malt substitute or malt itself, but that’s not including liquor that is over 3.2%.

Kansas is a unique state, and it’s had its fair share of changes in its rules regarding alcoholic beverages over the years. There have been several notable changes to the age for legal drinking in the state over the several years that it’s been in existence. The states are like little incubators where things are tested, and it’s good that the different states have had different laws regarding their alcohol consumption over the years. There have been several notable examples of legal drinking ages that were much lower than 21 in our nation’s history. That’s just the way that states and state legislatures work. Things are fully tested out. Things that are right for the people are not prohibited from being passed.

However, the National Minimum Drinking Age Act went through in 1983, and it threatened to withhold 10% of federal highway construction funds to states that didn’t comply with a voluntary change to make their minimum drinking age 21. That was just the way that the federal government wanted it, and they got their way. The legal minimum drinking age is now 21, and that’s the way it is for all the states. That’s just the way it is, and it seems like the right thing to do.

However, there are a lot of people in the various states that want the laws changed. They want people to be able to drink at the same age that they can go to war and vote. Not a lot of people are for that alteration though. There are still adherents in the 50 states that want to keep the drinking age at 21, but that’s just the way that people think and operate, because it’s been that way for awhile, and people don’t want to change. However, the sensible thing, and the best thing to do, is to just lower the drinking age to 18, which is the age of the majority, and it’s the age when people can go to war and vote, and do all of the other things that make people into adults, like modeling and working at strip clubs, and basically everything else.



1 Comment

  1. Charles Patterson says:

    I don’t see any reason they should not be allowed to drink in a restaurant. They’re sitting down and enjoying food and weak beer under the supervision of their parents and plenty of other adults in the restaurant. Nothing bad will happen.


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