While we believe that such a law is unlikely to pass, Twenty-One Debunked would still like to urge the island to avoid making the same mistakes as the mainland. That is, Puerto Rico should keep the drinking age at 18, while strengthening and enforcing it better. To do so, they should:
- Increase retailer compliance checks to help keep booze out of the hands of people under 18.
- Increase the penalties for selling or furnishing alcohol to people under 18.
- Increase alcohol education programs in schools and elsewhere.
- Bring back the successful community coalitions formed in the 1990s to fight underage drinking and other alcohol problems.
- Crack down harder on drunk driving, drunk violence, and drunk and disorderly conduct among all ages.
- To reduce traffic deaths and other alcohol-related problems, and raise much-needed revenue at the same time, raise the alcohol taxes (especially beer) and the gas tax.
- Above all, never back down.