Today the feds are up to the same pressures on the territories. The Puerto Rican Government ifs feeling the threat of our financial threats to change their minimum drinking age as well. Guam has already raised it's minimum age to 21.
In a article in the Caribbean Business tells of the same financial pressures being put on Puerto Rico.
"A Puerto Rico lawmaker has filed legislation to raise the island's legal drinking age to 21, arguing that keeping it at 18 has cost tens of millions in lost federal funds and increases alcohol-related problems.
"The consequence of allowing alcohol consumption at 18 years of age in Puerto Rico is receiving 10 percent less federal funds for security on the highways," Popular Democratic Party Rep. Carlos Vargas told EFE. "But on top of the economic issue is the social issue -- the risks and consequences that come from consuming alcohol at such a young age."
Puerto Rico gets about $120 million annually in federal transportation funding. However, the island loses about $11 million annually for failing to increase the drinking age to 21 from 18 and bypasses another $9 million for not passing legislation outlawing open alcoholic containers in automobiles.
Puerto Rico recently enacted legislation lowering the blood-alcohol level to define what is considered drunk driving, a move that freed up some $12 million annually.
Read More at http://www.caribbeanbusinesspr.com/news/bill-would-raise-pr-drinking-age-to-21-90822.html
I'm not trying to disagree with the idea of 21 being the minimum age, but I do fee that sovereign nations and states do have some rights to make their own decisions with out "bullying" from Uncle Sam.