Bill Could Lower Military Drinking Age

But there's a catch

By Susan Taylor
|  Thursday, Aug 26, 2010  |  Updated 10:30 AM PDT
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Bill Could Lower Military Drinking Age

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A bill to lower the drinking age for active duty military is making its way up Capitol Hill.

Two congressmen are co-sponsoring a measure that would allow 18 year olds to purchase beer or wine in restaurants.

The key here is that they'd have to remain on base -- which is federal property. That caveat skirts potential challenges with state and local authorities required to enforce the 21 and older drinking age.

18-year-olds would still be banned from purchasing any type of alcohol at military exchanges or stores.

The bill isn't expected to come up for a vote until mid to late 2011.

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