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Legal Drinking Age To Be Changed To 25 By August 2014, Breaking News Is A Joke By ABC News

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Most people here in the United States consider turning the age of 21 as a right of passage. Why? It is now the time someone can legally chug beer, sip wine, and shoot back shots. In short, it is the age people can legally purchase and indulge in alcoholic beverages. But if you follow the internet, that will no longer be true because the legal drinking age is to be changed to 25 by August 2014. It’s gotta be true, right? It was said on the internet, and everyone knows that once it is on the internet so it must be fact, right?

Fortunately for most, especially those who like their drinks hard and on the rocks, this happens to be just an internet hoax made to stir up the wiles of personal opinion. Prior to its discovery as a hoax, many who came across it read that the legal drinking age would be changed to 25 starting in August of 2014. According to an article by Traveler’s Today, the announcement stated that a lot of citizens have stated that the age of 21 isn’t mentally responsible to drink. Ergo, the legislation at the White House has come to an agreement to have the legal drinking age changed to 25.

The fact this is a joke is quite amazing considering how many people are willing to get up in arms. However, the original source is from ABC News, and for those who actually clicked the link, they will eventually find out they’ve been tricked all in good fun. The page first looks like a legit report, but a couple of seconds later, Leonardo DiCaprio is raising his wine glass while another note simply says the following, all in caps I might add:

“WE ARE SORRY, BUT YOU WERE TRICKED! IT WAS JUST A JOKE!!!”

I have to congratulate ABC on this, because right underneath the picture of Leonardo DiCaprio explains that more than 6 million people have already fallen for the joke, which is followed by a call to share it too just to trick your friends all in good natured fun. Honestly, maybe this joke is to put some humor pertaining to alcohol to politics or acting. Just here on The Inquisitr, we reported that Rick Perry compared homosexuals to alcoholics. We also reported that Daniel Radcliffe blames the stress from the Harry Potter Series for his drinking problem. All and all, alcohol – though technically far more dangerous than weed – can be used responsibly, such as the Geek Easy utilizing beer and saki to innovate the comic book shop experience.

Leonardo DiCaprio

So raise your glass up high and say cheers, salúd, gan pai, proust, or whatever exclamation for the celebration of a beverage of celebration in a Red Solo Cup brings. Now if only people actually followed the link to find out this was a joke, because the internet is filled with rabid people who think the legal drinking age changing to 25 is real… Either that, or maybe they are just trying to sell the joke.

[Images via The Great Gatsby movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio]

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32 Responses to “Legal Drinking Age To Be Changed To 25 By August 2014, Breaking News Is A Joke By ABC News”

  1. Lori Gegner Sand

    Wow! REALLY? I don't think it's appropriate for a "trusted" news source to play jokes on people! Just sayin'

  2. Lori Gegner Sand

    Wow! REALLY? I don't think it's appropriate for a "trusted" news source to play jokes on people! Just sayin'

  3. Ted Zeck

    Why not? They won't report on the mysterious disappearance of two years' worth of emails of half the IRS (the half involved in going after conservatives), so they've got to fill their "news" programs with something.

  4. Ted Zeck

    Why not? They won't report on the mysterious disappearance of two years' worth of emails of half the IRS (the half involved in going after conservatives), so they've got to fill their "news" programs with something.

  5. Jose Reyes

    It wasn't even abc News who posted that. ABC News/Disney Network should sue the Sunday Times Daily. Look at the URL, they are using a subdomain.

  6. Jose Reyes

    It wasn't even abc News who posted that. ABC News/Disney Network should sue the Sunday Times Daily. Look at the URL, they are using a subdomain.

  7. Kyle Wright-StThomas

    I agree that even though this is not true the legal drinking age should be increased to 25. There are more fatalities involving motor vehicle accidents by people who are 21-29 years old. They think they are "invincible" that it "won't happen to them" but in all actuality it occurs more often than not. I will say, however, thete are people in that age bracket who are responsible drinkers, but unfortunately that number is relatively low. This would definitely help to limit the younger crowd who are killed in alcohol related deaths each year and who also kill innocent people (kids, mothers and fathers, ext) every day.

  8. Kyle Wright-StThomas

    I agree that even though this is not true the legal drinking age should be increased to 25. There are more fatalities involving motor vehicle accidents by people who are 21-29 years old. They think they are "invincible" that it "won't happen to them" but in all actuality it occurs more often than not. I will say, however, thete are people in that age bracket who are responsible drinkers, but unfortunately that number is relatively low. This would definitely help to limit the younger crowd who are killed in alcohol related deaths each year and who also kill innocent people (kids, mothers and fathers, ext) every day.

  9. Kyle Wright-StThomas

    I agree that even though this is not true the legal drinking age should be increased to 25. There are more fatalities involving motor vehicle accidents by people who are 21-29 years old. They think they are "invincible" that it "won't happen to them" but in all actuality it occurs more often than not. I will say, however, there are people in that age bracket who are responsible drinkers, but unfortunately that number is relatively low. This would definitely help to limit the younger crowd who are killed in alcohol related deaths each year and who also kill innocent people (kids, mothers and fathers, ext) every day.

  10. Kyle Wright-StThomas

    I agree that even though this is not true the legal drinking age should be increased to 25. There are more fatalities involving motor vehicle accidents by people who are 21-29 years old. They think they are "invincible" that it "won't happen to them" but in all actuality it occurs more often than not. I will say, however, there are people in that age bracket who are responsible drinkers, but unfortunately that number is relatively low. This would definitely help to limit the younger crowd who are killed in alcohol related deaths each year and who also kill innocent people (kids, mothers and fathers, ext) every day.

  11. Chrissy Haughton

    glad its a joke but still wouldn't change nothing. they'll still pay someone to buy it for them.

  12. Chrissy Haughton

    glad its a joke but still wouldn't change nothing. they'll still pay someone to buy it for them.

  13. Travis John Christensen

    It shouldn't be raised just because a handful of people ruin it for those who actually drink responsibly.

    Why should cigarettes be 18 still while they cause as much damage to a person as drinking does? cigarettes also cause you to have one less hand on the wheel.

  14. Travis John Christensen

    It shouldn't be raised just because a handful of people ruin it for those who actually drink responsibly.

    Why should cigarettes be 18 still while they cause as much damage to a person as drinking does? cigarettes also cause you to have one less hand on the wheel.

  15. Roseanne DeCarli

    Drinking age should be NEVER! and pot smoking should be mandatory!

  16. Nicole Curry

    It would be nice but kids (teens) will still drink geting into there parents stash. May prevent some drinking and driving.

  17. Nicole Curry

    It would be nice but kids (teens) will still drink geting into there parents stash. May prevent some drinking and driving.

  18. Grace Heather

    Technically, the drinking age should be raised to 25. Research shows that the brain isn't really fully matured until then. Maybe the reason that there's so many alcoholics is because when people start drinking at 21, they don't have the judgment to know when to stop. However, prohibiting alcohol until the age of 25 won't completely stop those who want to drink at 21 and under. In fact, it will probably create even more underage drinking felonies than there currently are. It's the stupid media's fault, they make alcohol look way too appealing to the kids who haven't witnessed the downside to it. I'm a 19 year old college freshman, and I have never been a drinker. It's the way I was raised, and I have seen my alcoholic father piss drunk before. Let's just say that it wasn't a pretty sight, and I would never want to end up in a similar position.

  19. Grace Heather

    Technically, the drinking age should be raised to 25. Research shows that the brain isn't really fully matured until then. Maybe the reason that there's so many alcoholics is because when people start drinking at 21, they don't have the judgment to know when to stop. However, prohibiting alcohol until the age of 25 won't completely stop those who want to drink at 21 and under. In fact, it will probably create even more underage drinking felonies than there currently are. It's the stupid media's fault, they make alcohol look way too appealing to the kids who haven't witnessed the downside to it. I'm a 19 year old college freshman, and I have never been a drinker. It's the way I was raised, and I have seen my alcoholic father piss drunk before. Let's just say that it wasn't a pretty sight, and I would never want to end up in a similar position.

  20. Anonymous

    Technically? Should that also include driving, going to war, signing a contract, getting married, voting,etc. The estimate is 25. It is not an absolute number for everyone, technically speaking. Ask a 21-24 year man or woman that pays their taxes, can fight and die for their country, start a family, raise their children, and also be tried as an adult in a court of law if their brains aren't fully matured to handle drinking in comparison. Raising the drinking age to 30 or 40 would prevent more deaths as well. 21 is an adult in every country. You're still 19 so you'll have about a few years to hopefully come to that realization. The drinking age use to be 18. It should match the legal age for war, jail, voting. My opinion is 16 for driving and 19 0r 20 across the board for the rest. 21 is just an odd number. Literally and figuratively speaking.

  21. Anonymous

    Travis John Christensen It's ridiculous how people think the age should keep being raised. Imagine you are 21 and make your living serving liquor. The age is raised and then you're jobless which leads to other problems. I know someone who is 59 and has caused accidents while driving under the influence. If the drinking age was raised to 30 we may find people 30-39 cause more accidents. Or perhaps older drivers over the age of 70. Then what's next people age 40-70 can drink and that's it? If you are a legal adult you should have the right to drink. This is coming from someone older than 21 that sees the bigger picture.

  22. Anonymous

    So they can go to war? Yes. Get married? Yes. Go to jail or prison for a crime? Yes. Vote for elected officials? Yes. Drive a car? Yes. Buy and smoke cigarettes? Yes. Get prescriptions for "medicinal" drugs.? Yes. Buy and own guns. Yes. Shoot at a range under the age of 18 with a parent. Why not! Yes. Buy alcohol? No, they're just too young. Is this this the twilight zone?