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Minimum Drinking Age Debate (1986)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1986-11-07

Duration: 00:09:24

Subjects: DRINKING AGE | Bars (Drinking establishments) | Drunk driving


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Theis, Betty Interviewee
  • Larson, Don Interviewee
  • Cappo, Christopher Interviewee
  • Fraioli, Marc Interviewee
  • Wright, Marcus Interviewee


This segment from the November 7, 1986, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Rob Hinton’s report on the debate over raising the minimum drinking age to 21. Hinton reports that Louisiana is the only state with a minimum drinking age of 18 and that the Federal Highway Administration will start withholding federal highway funds if the drinking age is not raised to 21. He interviews: Betty Theis, Louisiana Highway Safety Commission; Don Larson of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD); Christopher Cappo, bar owner; Marc Fraioli, bar owner; LSU students; and Marcus Wright of the Alcohol Beverage Control Board in Baton Rouge.