Drinking Laws Essay

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Drinking Laws in US vs. Europe Most people would love to come home from work and relax with a nice glass of wine. While others would enjoy going out, having a good time with friends over some drinks. Old enough to go war and fight for the country, go out and vote, even purchase tobacco products? Able to legally drink? In the Unites States people are not giving this right as quickly as people in the United States are. Factor that play key role in the differences between here and there are age to consume, who can purchase liquor, and the punishment if laws are not obeyed. In the United States no drinking is allowed whatsoever unless at least twenty-one years of age. In most liquor stores one has to be twenty-one in order to even enter the store. There are some exceptions such as family member and/or location exceptions to their underage consumption laws. The State of Wisconsin allows the consumption of alcohol in the presence of parents. According to The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984, it implies that no one under the age of 21 may purchase alcohol. A Minor in Possession, is a criminal offense, typically a misdemeanor. In some states, a simple first-time MIP without any other circumstances (such as driving or public intoxication) may only involve a fine of $100-200. The US implies very strict rules compared to Europe. In Europe the age ranges from sixteen to eighteen in order to drink alcohol, and eighteen years of age in order to purchase alcohol. People in Europe are proven to be more responsible than those in the United States, which is why there rules are not as strict according to U.S. Department of Justice. Also in Europe there are boundaries that apply to those eighteen and under. At age sixteen one may consume beer, cider, wine, and all drinks under fifteen percent measured as alcohol by volume. When eighteen years of age one may consume any

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