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Alaska eyes minimum drinking age


The minimum drinking age is back in the news today. Rep. Bob Lynn has introduced a bill to the Alaskan state legislature that would permit underage active-duty service members with proper identification to purchase and consume alcohol.

“It’s not fair that one guy in a fox hole can go home and have a beer while another guy in the fox hole can’t,” said Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage in a Yahoo! News report. “It’s not about drinking, it’s not about smoking, it’s about equality. If you get shot at, you can have a shot.”

The bill hasn’t been received with open arms. According to Yahoo! News, if the bill is passed, the state could lose up to $17 million in federal highway funding for violating the national minimum drinking age.


Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at

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