PS The drinking age in the US is 21.
Are anybody actually following that?
In public - more often than not. There is plenty of underaged drinking, but it is usually punished.
But the overriding concept of American law is this: Cop didn't see it, I didn't do it.
If this wasn't already in the Quotable quotes thread, I'd put it there.
Though I never willfully or knowingly tasted alcohol outside of mouthwash before I was 21 (though I'm pretty sure I had rum balls once, but I was never sure just what
they were made of). I was raised Methodist, and they use grape juice for communion. I had my first alcoholic beverage in the Cheers bar in Boston, as I intended it.