Puerto Rico Rep. Proposes Law to Raise Drinking Age to 21


Rep. Carlos Vargas

Rep. Carlos Vargas Ferrer

Puerto Rican Rep. Carlos Vargas has proposed a law to raise the minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) in Puerto Rico from 18 to 21. Public health research shows substantial evidence that a MLDA of 21 results in fewer traffic deaths among youth as well as lower rates of binge drinking and alcohol dependence. The island loses about $11 million annually in federal transportation funding, which is contingent upon a MLDA of 21. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands remain the only U.S. state/territories with an MLDA less than 21.