Bill Could Lower Military Drinking Age - NBC 7 San Diego

Bill Could Lower Military Drinking Age

But there's a catch



    Bill Could Lower Military Drinking Age

    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.

    Let us know what you think. Comment below, send us your thoughts via Twitter @nbcsandiego or add your comment to our Facebook page.