Drinking age in Vermont
It’s kind of strange to think about, but the National Minimum Drinking Age Act made the legal age for the public possession and purchase of alcohol at 21, but the age before that was whatever the different states had set it at. That meant, prior to the passage of the draconian law, each of the 50 states could set their own ages for the public purchase and possession of alcohol.
It’s interesting to note how many of the states set the legal age limit at 18 or 20, to be at or near the age of majority. Many of the states’ governments thought it was only fair that the age for the public purchase and possession of alcohol be identical to the age of majority. It was the age when people could vote and go to war, and it was the age when people could buy cigarettes and star in adult films, and it was the age when people could do most of the adult things out there.
It’s interesting to note that several of the states were against the passage of the law, initially. However, many of the states had to comply with it, not necessarily by pure choice. The states would lose 10% of their federal highway construction funds if they didn’t comply with the law. There were a ton of people in the different states that were against the law, and they didn’t want it to pass. However, the outcry about drunk driving fatalities was so strong that it did end up passing. There were a lot of people in the country who were against altering the age of the public purchase and possession of alcohol to be higher than the age of majority. However, those voices were drowned out. Eventually, the bill became law, and all the 50 states had to comply with it too.
There was no known drinking age in Vermont prior to Prohibition in 1919. After Prohibition was repealed, the drinking age was changed to 21. It was lowered to 18 in 1971. It was raised to 21 in 1986. It was brought up because of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act. It has remained at 21 ever since. Vermont has exceptions to the underage drinking law, in that someone can drink for educational purposes, but they have to be enrolled in culinary course. It’s not unusual to see that in some of the states where someone can drink, but they have to be enrolled in a culinary course to drink, and they can only sample the alcohol, although they’re not allowed to imbibe it. There are a number of states that offer several exceptions to the underage drinking law, and it’s not unusual to see some areas where they have exceptions based on culinary classes being taken. In other words, they don’t allow drinking for any reason, but they do it allow for sampling in a culinary course, which is not really drinking at all.