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Has the Legal Drinking Age Been Raised to 23?

The legal drinking age has not been raised to 23.

Published Dec 9, 2015

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The legal drinking age has been raised to 23.

On 9 December 2015, a message claiming that the legal drinking age would be raised to 23 in February 2016 started circulating on Facebook:

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While the above-displayed Facebook message may appear at first glance as if it came from the news network CNN, that is not the case. This Facebook message was created by a prank website that creates links which resemble real news stories. However, when a user clicks on the link they are redirected to a page that informs them that the story was fake:

legal drinking age

Users are then prompted to share the joke with their friends on Facebook.

Similar pranks have previously circulated on the internet, briefly convincing Facebook users that Taco Bell was closing and that PepsiCo was discontinuing Mountain Dew.


Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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