This Day in Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

December 4, 1982

The drinking age has been, and will most likely continue to be, a widely criticized topic in the United States.

After The Prohibition, most states permitted the purchase and consumption of alcohol after one’s 18th birthday. For some reason, this was not very popular with the federal government.

So on this day, the drinking age in New York State was raised from 18 years old to 19 years old. But President Ronald Reagan didn’t think the law went far enough.

In 1984, the National Minimum Drinking Age Act went into effect. This act reduced the highway funding by 10 percent for any state that didn’t have a minimum age of 21. This forced New York to comply.

This law was effective on Dec. 1, 1985 in New York.

pinterjo11@bonaventure.edu 

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