Q&A on the news

Q: Back in the early ’70s the drinking age had dropped to 18. When did that happen and how long did it stay 18 until it went back up to age 21?

— Johnny Flowers, Lilburn

A: Georgia lowered the minimum legal drinking age to 18 in 1972. It was one of 24 states (eighteen lowered it to 18 and six lowered it to 19) that reduced the age between 1970 and 1973. The state’s minimum legal drinking age was raised from 18 to 19 in 1980. In 1985, it increased to 20 years old, and became 21 in 1986. Georgia was one of 16 states that increased its minimum legal drinking age from September 1976 to January 1983.

Q: At one time there was discussion of a $250 payment to Social Security recipients. What’s the status on that payment?

— Sandra Tanner, Dacula

A: The first economic recovery payment to the nearly 53 million individuals receiving Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits were issued in early May, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration. The one-time payment of $250 was issued throughout May, according to the federal government. Those ineligible for the payment included individuals who were ineligible for Social Security, SSI, Veterans, or Railroad Retirement benefits during the months of November 2008, December 2008 or January 2009.

Lori Johnston wrote this column. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or e-mail q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).