The University of Florida is a great school. I received both my undergraduate degree (Finance) and my law degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Go Gators! In addition to academic excellence and a great football, basketball, and baseball team, Gainesville and the University of Florida is also well known for partying and drinking. While a good party can be fun, it can also bring about well known and unfortunate consequences in the form of underage drinking, alcohol poisoning and other injuries, DUI (Driving Under the Influence), automobile accident personal injuries, and wrongful death. The drinking age in Florida is 21. It is clear and simple. The reason for the age limit is to protect children under 21 from the dangers of alcohol. The poor judgment of a child is only amplified by the use and overuse of alcohol. A City of Gainesville Florida official wants new regulations for the issuance of business permits for establishments that serve alcohol and admit patrons between the ages of 18 to 21. You can read more about this development at Gainesville Florida Official Wants Crackdown of Underage Drinking.