Rutland Herald: Secretive Underage Drinking on the Rise

On Tuesday, Patrick McArdle of Vermont’s Rutland Herald wrote about the difficulties law enforcement officials are having in trying to enforce Legal Age 21 this summer. In Bennington County, local police have broken up several underage drinking parties in isolated rural areas, and many of the people involved are teens from neighboring states. Vermont State Police Sgt. Brian Turner told the Herald that “teenagers were crossing the border into Vermont to drink because they believe it is more rural and they think there will be less law enforcement.”

Leitha Cipriano, executive director of the county’s Center for Restorative Justice, also noted that the local justice system is bending under the weight of the increased number of cases – officials have been “swamped” as they’ve tried to deal with the latest spike.

Are these types of parties common occurrences in your area? Have you heard about young people drinking in secret to avoid the reach of law enforcement? Let us know in the comments.

One Response to “Rutland Herald: Secretive Underage Drinking on the Rise”

  1. Edwin Says:

    18, 19, and 20 year olds are adults, thus the drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. Using the term “underage” drinking on that age group is nonsense. The ageist drinking age encourages those 18-20 to drink secretly along with binge drinking because there currently is no mechanism for instilling alcohol responsibility while respecting the age of majority. Since those 18-20 are adults, drinking by that age group is agreeable, but not binge drinking.