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Jan 4, 2016 2:33 PM

Proposed bill would allow 18-year-olds to drink alcohol with supervision in NH


A Seabrook state representative is proposing to allow 18-to-20-year-olds to drink, provided they are accompanied by an adult who is at least 22 years of age.

Max Abramson, R-Seabrook, filed House Bill 1606, saying that if enacted, it could reduce teen alcoholism, according to Seacoastonline.com.

He said teen alcoholism is less prevalent in Europe, where drinking ages are lower than in the United States.

“Every other western country has a drinking age of 19 or lower, and their teenage alcoholism rates are lower,” Abramson told the newspaper.

This bill would make a .05 blood alcohol content the legal limit for anyone under 21, while also prohibiting them from hard liquor.

But the paper also said not everyone is on board with the bill.

Seabrook Police Chief Michael Gallagher told them he doesn't believe the bill “dignifies a response.”

Hampton Police Chief Richard Sawyer told them, “Any study will show you that the number of fatalities and tragedies based on alcohol consumption by people in that age group goes up when they’re allowed to drink. ... In my opinion, if we allow a law like this, we will see increasing instances of fatalities and tragedies.”

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