NH Drinking Age Could Be Lowered
Granite State lawmakers are holding a hearing today to lower the drinking age to 20 years of age.
According to seacoastonline.com
The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee is holding a public hearing Tuesday on a bill that would lower the legal age for alcohol possession from 21 to 20.
In 2016, the House rejected a bill that would have allowed residents as young as 18 who were accompanied by adults to drink beer or wine, but not liquor. Similar bills have failed in other states over the years, in part because states that lower the drinking age below 21 would lose federal highway money.
New Hampshire is among only a handful of states that has no exceptions to its prohibition. Other states allow minors to consume alcohol under parental supervision, during religious ceremonies and other circumstances.
When I turned 20 in 1984, the drinking age in the Granite State was 20. It was raised to 21 the next year and has stayed the same since.
Has always seemed odd to me that you can be asked to and allowed to fight for your country at 18, but not be able to have a brew with your friends until 3 years after that.