Nation IN BRIEF : LOUISIANA : Ruling Lowers Age for Drinking to 18

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

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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