Underage Drinking

At times throughout history, it was sometimes acceptable for young people to drink alcoholic beverages. Water was often contaminated and alcohol was viewed as healthful. The Pilgrims drank beer on the Mayflower and soon established their own breweries in the New World. In Colonial times, children and even babies drank alcoholic beverages, such as cider, as part of their daily diet. Whiskey was administered as a cure for colic and laryngitis. Teenage boys were welcome in taverns, and although local laws sometimes prohibited boys under sixteen from visiting taverns, nothing prevented them from drinking at home. This attitude started changing at the end of the nineteenth century when reformers began working to restrict children from entering taverns and dance halls...

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