09/28/2011 02:29 pm ET Updated Nov 28, 2011

The Real Guide To Appropriate Drinking Ages

The legal drinking age is a somewhat arbitrary number. In most of the United States, it's 21. In France, people can legally drink when they're 18. Japan says 20 is the right age. In Wisconsin, anyone can drink at any age, as long as they're with their parents or of-age spouses.

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