The drinking age fell back to 18 when the state Supreme Court struck down laws that made it illegal for people younger than 21 to buy or consume alcohol. The 4-3 ruling, effective immediately, makes Louisiana the only state with a drinking age under 21. Word of the change spread quickly. Bourbon Street bars, full of students in New Orleans for a college basketball tournament, put up signs saying 18- , 19- and 20-year-olds could buy and drink booze.
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