Underage drinking is a problem nationwide. However, in Pennsylvania, it has become costly and measures are taken against it. It can cause suicide, homicide, drowning, traumatic accidents, violent crimes, fetal alcohol syndrome, high risk sex, and alcohol poisoning. So, measures had to be taken to curtail these tragedies. Now, all states have made it illegal for a person under the age of 21 to possess alcohol. Pennsylvania has stiff laws against underage drinking and imposed harsh penalties for those drive under the influence and are under the age of 21. Concerning drinking laws, any person under the age of 21 is considered a minor.
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Also, it is said that alcohol can adversely affect the brain of a developing person. This is why it is argued that the legal age for drinking should be raised to 21. Likewise, it is argued that the social stigma that you suffer if you were to be arrested for DUI while under the age of 21 is great. It could wreck your life at such an early age. Plus, drinking at a young age leads to drinking during an older age as well.
In Pennsylvania, like in other states, a minor can be tried as an adult.
Pennsylvania’s laws run differently than in most states. It penalizes according to the amount of blood alcohol is running in your system. A BAC of .08 to .099 has the lowest penalty, while a BAC of .10 to .159 has a higher penalty; and a BAC of .16 and above has the highest penalty.
Minors can be tried as adults for DUI convictions, so don’t drink and drive.