As of 2014, when an individual turns 21 years old in the United States, he can legally drink alcohol in all 50 states. In 2014, if a 21-year-old individual resides in Colorado or Washington, he is able to legally purchase marijuana for recreational use.
The National Minimum Drinking Act was passed in July 1984 by the U.S. Congress. It stated that all states had a minimum drinking age of 21. Despite having a legal drinking age, studies have shown it does little to deter underage drinking. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that alcohol is the most abused drug among those under 21 in the United States. The CDC also states that in 2010, it estimated that emergency rooms saw 189,000 alcohol related visits by those who are underage. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, as of 2014, underage alcohol use is also responsible for 5,000 deaths per year. Adolescents continually start to drink alcohol at younger ages. In 2003, the NIAAA reported the average age of initial alcohol use was 14. This figure is down from 17.5 in 1965. Individuals who started drinking alcohol before the age of 15 were four times more likely to become dependent on alcohol at some point in their lives.Learn More
The most popular legal benefit that comes at age 21 is the ability to drink and buy alcoholic beverages in the United States. Twenty-one is also the legal age to gamble in most casinos, own a handgun and obtain a concealed firearm license in most states.Full Answer >
Alaska is part of the United States as one of the 50 states that comprise the nation. Alaska was purchased in 1867 by Secretary of State William Seward for $7.2 million, a purchase nicknamed "Seward's Folly."Full Answer >
The United States is comprised of 50 states plus the District of Columbia. There are also five U.S. territories throughout the world: Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the Northern Marianas Islands.Full Answer >
Of the 50 states in the United States, there is only one state that begins with L, and it is Louisiana. Louisiana became a state on April 30, 1812, making it the 18th state.Full Answer >