A bill has been filed in New Hampshire that would allow 18 year olds to drink alcohol

They could drink as long as they are accompanied by someone older than 21.

–Christopher Muther / The Boston Globe

If a Seabrook state representative gets his way, 18-year-olds will be able to legally drink alcohol in New Hampshire.

Republican Max Abramson has filed House Bill 1606, which would allow people between the age of 18 and 21 to drink alcohol as long as they are accompanied by someone older than 21, reports Seacoastonline.com.

“Every other western country has a drinking age of 19 or lower, and their teenage alcoholism rates are lower,’’ Abramson told Seacoastonline.com.

Hampton Police Chief Richard Sawyer is against the bill.

“I think it’s ridiculous,’’ Sawyer told Seacoastonline.com. “Any study will show you that the number of fatalities and tragedies based on alcohol consumption by people in that age group goes up when they’re allowed to drink. In my opinion, if we allow a law like this, we will see increasing instances of fatalities and tragedies.’’

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