New Bill Proposed to Lower the Drinking Age Worries Some Wisconsin Residents

Amy Adamle
November 12, 2017 10:39 PM

When a bill was unveiled Wednesday to lower Wisconsin's drinking age from 21 to 19, reactions ranged from being for it or in between,to extremely against it.  

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Jeremy Fish, of Superior, who is the father of young kids, did not support it.  

"I think 19-year-olds are just kids and as a kid I don't think we should give them that type of responsibility, because they don't handle it correctly and it will be abused," Fish said. 

The main thing on everyone's minds was the potential consequences of this change.

"I see a lot of problems being involved around it, because at 19 not everyone's fully matured," Dave Sjogren, a resident of Superior, said.  

The drinking age was lowered to 18 in many states once before back in the 70s.

"They tried it once before, it didn't work," Sjogren said.  

Whether it's maturity or responsibility, many people still think under 21 just isn't old enough to buy alcohol. 

"For them to be under such an impressionable age, a lack of experience, and then have alcohol behind them is just more of a jeopardy for everyone," Fish said.  

The bill is being backed by three republican lawmakers, including the former president of the Wisconsin Tavern League.

Supporters of this bill believe if you can serve our country and vote, you should also be able to drink.

They also say it would decrease the need to spend time and money enforcing drinking laws, especially on college campuses.

Before that happens it will have multiple road blocks to cross including getting the support Republican Assembly Speaker, Robin Vos, who plays a role in determining what's brought up for a vote.  The bill would also only pass if Wisconsin would not lose its federal highway funds.


Amy Adamle

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