The legal age in that state was raised to 21 on July 1, 1982; Kavanaugh did not turn 18 until February 12, 1983.
Asked if Kavanaugh had ever suffered memory loss during a time that he had been drinking, Kavanaugh said no, but still defended beer drinking.
Time and again, Kavanaugh returned to his defense of drinking. Senior year in high school, people were legal to drink.
In testimony Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he said all of his comments during the Fox interview were accurate and could be made part of the record. But the discussion of Kavanaugh's drinking during high school and college ranged beyond that narrow issue, and his responses were by turns defiant, evasive, implausible, and misleading. "We drank beer, I like beer". Sometimes others did. I liked beer. "Senior year in high school, people were legal to drink".
The federal judge's drinking habits were under the microscope: Ford alleges Kavanaugh was visibly intoxicated during the assault, and a wealth of evidence indicates he traveled in hard-drinking social circles in high school and college. In last year's Monitoring the Future Study, 56 percent of high school seniors reported drinking, down from 87 percent when Kavanaugh was in his last year at Georgetown Prep.
"I liked beer. I still like beer". "What do you consider to be too many beers?" asked Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor posing questions on behalf of the committee's Republican members. In one of the more tense exchanges, he asked Sen. After describing her father's longtime struggle with alcoholism, Klobuchar started asking Kavanaugh if he ever drank too much and blacked out.
You're asking about blackout. "Can you answer the question, judge?"
"My friends and I sometimes got together and had parties on weekends", Kavanaugh said in his opening statement.
"Yeah, and I'm curious if you have?"
There was a grandfather clause in the Maryland law, but only for those who were 18, 19 or 20 on the day the increase went into effect, thereby not including Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh found himself prompted under questioning to define frat house phrases from his yearbook like "ralph" - a slang verb meaning to vomit from too many drinks - in a Supreme Court nomination hearing.
Kavanaugh could legally drink in nearby Washington, D.C., for the final five months of high school.
Under Maryland law, a person under the age of 21 can not consume or possess alcohol except in certain circumstances, including in a private home with the consent and under the supervision of an adult over the age of 21.