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Illinois Wants to Lower the Drinking Age to 18

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Family dinners may get a lot more fun in Illinois. Legislators in Springfield are considering a bill that would allow 18-year-olds in The Prairie State to drink booze at restaurants with parental consent. If the drink-positive lawmakers win out, Illinois will join 10 other states with similar laws, including Wisconsin, Ohio, Kansas, Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, Texas, and Wyoming.

According to Eater, the Illinois bill only applies to wine and beer, so newly christened voters still won’t be able to knock back shots of tequila with their folks at the bar. And parents will be required to supervise their imbibing offspring—parental notes, legit or otherwise, won’t earn an enterprising teen a glass of vino.  

There’s a good chance that state legislators will approve the relaxed drinking rules, as they enacted similar pro-booze regulations just two years ago. In 2015, they amended the state’s Liquor Control Act of 1934—the same act that would be amended now—to allow happy hour drink specials. Apparently, Springfield is going zero to 60 on progressive alcohol issues.

Considering it’s common for children much younger than 18 to consume booze in other countries (or right here in the U.S. if you ask some progressive parents), it seems like we might soon be seeing more of these kinds of amendments cropping up across the country. After all, it’s never too early to master the art of ordering the second-cheapest bottle on the wine list.

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