Emma Watson Says Underage Drinking is 'Disrespectful.' Miley Cyrus? Not So Much.
In the United States, the legal drinking age is 21, but in other countries like England and Spain, you can drink alcohol at age 18. Recently, 20-year-old Emma Watson spoke about the subject, saying that even though she's of legal drinking age in the UK, she didn't drink while she attended her freshman year at Brown University.
"There's no point getting drunk when you've got 10 hours on set the next day," she told Vogue UK. "And I didn't drink last year at Brown, either, because I was underage in America and it would have been disrespectful."
However, when 17-year-old Miley Cyrus went to Spain recently, she was reportedly spotted drinking beer. Even though she's set to turn 18 on November 23, Miley is still under the legal drinking age now.
Photos of Emma drinking alcohol hit the Internet a few years ago, but in an interview with Sugar magazine, she claimed that she was not actually drinking. "I was posing as a joke," she said.
When you go to other countries, you are expected to adhere to their laws, so while Emma says she didn't drink last year out of respect, she was also doing what she was supposed to -- abiding by U.S. law. In Miley's case, she was neither legally able to drink in The States or in Spain, so if she was, in fact, consuming beer, she was breaking the law no matter which country she was in.
In 1984, Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which changed the legal drinking age to 21. There has been plenty of opposition to the act -- some say that it's hard to enforce, some add that it makes college drinking a huge problem and others claim it's unconstitutional.
Still, that's what the law is right now. What do you think? Should the drinking age be lowered to 18 like it is in other countries? Do you think it would reduce the chances of minors abusing alcohol? %Poll-55573%