Drinking age in Oregon
The National Minimum Drinking Age Act was a real game-changer. All the 50 states had to change their public possession and purchase ages to be higher at 21. However, some states already had it at 21. There were a number of states that didn’t have high public possession and purchase ages. For example, some of the states had some ages that were as low as 18. That definitely changed with the passage of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act. All the 50 states now had to have a public possession and purchase age of 21, or else they would lose 10% of their federal highway construction funds. That was a big deal, and all the 50 states complied with the law. They all raised their public possession and purchase pages, even though some of the states didn’t think it was fair that it should be that way. Every state could allow underage alcohol consumption under certain circumstances, however.
A lot of folks were pretty irate about the national public possession and purchase age being set at 21. They thought that it would be good to keep it around the age of majority at 18. After all, they thought, if people could vote and go to war, fight and buy cigarettes, sign contracts and star in adult films, then they should be able to purchase and publicly possess alcohol too. For millions of people, it felt like Prohibition again, but it was just for people under the age of 21. What was good about the law, though, was that it probably did cut down on the number of drunk driving fatalities. There were less immature drivers behind the wheel, and there were fewer people out on the streets who were drunk and aggressive. The new public purchase and possession age was probably a good thing.
There was no known drinking age prior to the passage of Prohibition in Oregon. However, after Prohibition passed, the drinking age was changed to 21. It remained 21 throughout all the years afterward, and it stayed 21 too.
Oregon allows drinking on private, non alcohol-selling premises as long as there is parental consent. It also allows drinking for religious purposes and for government work-related purposes. The exception might also work for a non-government employer for the purposes of investigating someone who might be selling alcohol to a minor, and these kinds of exceptions are sort of uncommon in general though, even though they seem reasonable. You would think it would always be allowed, to grant underage alcohol consumption, for the purposes of investigating someone who was selling alcohol to minors. However, that’s not always the case in most states. In fact, most states don’t have such an exception.
Oregon has fairly liberal laws regarding the underage consumption of alcohol. They allow it as long as it is on non alcohol-selling premises, and as long as there is parental consent. That’s pretty broad, and it entails allowing alcohol for most any circumstances or occasions where the parents say its ok. It also allows it for religious purposes, and many states do.