Bill group from Shepard wants to lower drinking in IL to 18
While all 50 US states have set their minimum drinking age to 21, Shepard High School delegates Andrew Herrera and Emilio Parra believe this needs to change. They feel the minimum drinking age should be lowered to 18 in Illinois and have introduced a bill that does just that.
Many believe that lowering the minimum drinking age from 21 does not stop teen drinking, but instead it pushes underage binge drinking into a hiatus. However, Alana Born, a lobbyist from Shepard, disagreed with this sentiment
“[Lowering the drinking age] will indeed lower the amount of teens that feel the need to binge drink,” Born said. “Lowering the age to 18 will teach college-bound adults about safe drinking”.
Emma Caserotti, a lobbyist from Mt. Vernon, also agrees on lowering the minimum drinking age.
“It’s a better way to ease people into it” Caserotti said.
Caserotti said she believes if one is able to fight for their country at age 18, they should be able to have a drink.
The proposed bill, S-B-20, states that only beer and wine will be allowed at 18 years of age, and hard liquor will continue to be allowed only at the age of 21.
Born said that lowering the drinking age of beer and wine in our state will help increase student grades, increase responsible drinking habits through the implementation of a course on the safe use of alcohol, decrease binge drinking in college-aged students, and increase revenue in our state.
(written by Myisha Little, Oswego)