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    I live in the U.S. and turn 21 on March 10th. I remember back in high school my law teacher said that you are legally 21 and can purchase alcohol the day before your birthday (March 9th). Is this true?

    Second, is this common knowledge? Will I be given a hard time by whoever I buy alcohol from on the 9th?

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    Not really sure, but you can try and sue if someone gives you trouble! :P

    Disclaimer: I don't drink and am totally against it.

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    lol if you try and they ask for ID and you are only 20 then they could get in trouble for selling to someone under the age? Just come to the UK and drink when you're 18!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanG View Post
    I live in the U.S. and turn 21 on March 10th. I remember back in high school my law teacher said that you are legally 21 and can purchase alcohol the day before your birthday (March 9th). Is this true?
    Second, is this common knowledge? Will I be given a hard time by whoever I buy alcohol from on the 9th?
    As per US laws, you need to be of age (21 in all 50 states) to purchase and/or consume alcohol. I don't believe there is any Birthday-eve rule...and I wouldn't attempt it, either.
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    I realize the laws but I dont know why my teacher would just lie to me. I guess its not a big deal because I just have to wait another day.

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    Maybe they were talking about how you turn 21 as of midnight?
    So if you go out to a bar on march 9 and stay till until 12 AM (whereby it is now the 10th) you can walk up to the bar and say, "it's my birthday!!" and many places you'll get a free drink!

    But legally, 20 is not 21.
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    No she specifically said "the day before your birthday." Maybe she meant like you said after midnight. Maybe I misunderstood her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanG View Post
    No she specifically said "the day before your birthday." Maybe she meant like you said after midnight. Maybe I misunderstood her.
    It does make sense. The day before your 21st birthday, you have officially live a full 21 years. On your birthday, your 21 years old + 1 day. Your birthday is the first day of your 22nd year.

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    i want to get drunk now




    and hold on a sec. you need to be 21 to consume alcohol in US?!?! wow

    that is OOOOoooold.

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    Yeah I know.
    I thought 19 in most provinces in Canada was bad.

    It's 18 in Quebec (where I was born) and my parents were okay with me drinking way before that anyway.
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