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Should the legal drinking age be lowered from from 21 to 18?

Tommy Trend 2011/10/25 21:25:12
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  • missy 2011/10/25 22:20:21
    yes
    missy
    +7
    You can smoke, go to war, or buy a shotgun so why not add drink to the list.

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  • Sweettxroses 2011/12/03 19:08:17
    yes
    Sweettxroses
    +1
    There are some pro and cons about this issue, if a man or woman can fight and possibly die in war, then why cant they have a beer? The fact is there are many other countries where the drinking age is 18 and under. This age limit works fine for them. Alcohol has become a "forbidden fruit" basically because they cant have it they want it more. Why not allow it? It will lose it's lustre when it is no longer illegal. The one issue that I found with this is that I was a senior in highschool at 18. There should be some stipulations excluding highschool students because it is safer that way. Other than that why not? Please give me your input im doing a paper on this (:
  • ✞Knight of Honor 2011/12/03 04:48:53
    yes
    ✞Knight of Honor
    +1
    It works for every other civilized country in the world; why not us?
  • Marek 2011/10/27 23:54:58
    yes
    Marek
    +2
    I was drinking beer at 14. It was legal at 15 but that was another time and another country. it did not make me an alcoholic. I have never been drunk in my entire life so I would lose memory of what was going on, never passed out drunk. Now I don't drink except once in a great while. I am essentially not a drinker.
  • Hollis Carroll 2011/10/27 21:36:12
    yes
    Hollis Carroll
    +3
    sure. some european countries have the legal drinking age at 16.
  • rr lyrae 2011/10/27 21:02:28 (edited)
    yes
    rr lyrae
    +2
    If sin were abolished as obsolete from the legal system, as it well it should be and only the three real crimes: Murder, Rape and stealing prosecuted(and treason in time of war)these silly and childish issues would disappear. The genpop has lost respect for all leadership and now transfers a mistaken "one man/one vote" paradigm to opinion equality, making vulgar our democratic traditions, insistence on paramount opinion confounding the Founders warnings against "faction".
  • JGF 2011/10/27 18:25:38
    Undecided
    JGF
    +1
    makes little difference, it isn't enforced anyway
  • Mr.Steve 2011/10/27 13:04:46
  • Mark 2011/10/27 12:43:30
    no
    Mark
    +1
    The first thing one losses with alcohol consumption , is their judgement .

    21 usually isn't the starting point of good judgement , so why mix the 2 ?

    18 is out of the question ...
  • Fallschirmjager 2011/10/27 03:09:09
    no
    Fallschirmjager
    +2
    For all of the people that said yes because of military service at 18, enlistees under 21 can drink beer at the E clubs on base.
  • Jayne 2011/10/26 21:44:44
    yes
    Jayne
    +3
    If our young men and women are old enough to fight and die for our freedom, they are certainly old enough to have a drink if they wish. First one would be on me along with a thank you for your service to our country.
  • Fallsch... Jayne 2011/10/27 03:10:02
    Fallschirmjager
    +2
    For all of the people that said yes because of military service at 18, enlistees under 21 can drink beer at the E clubs on base.
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2011/10/26 21:31:44
    yes
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +2
    It's hypocritical that we make 18-year-olds register for the draft but don't let them enjoy a drink.
  • Fallsch... Beat Ma... 2011/10/27 03:10:01
    Fallschirmjager
    +1
    For all of the people that said yes because of military service at 18, enlistees under 21 can drink beer at the E clubs on base.
  • Dolly 2011/10/26 20:21:03
    yes
    Dolly
    +2
    Kids are going to start drinking anyways at 18, this way the cops will have one less thing to ticket people for maybe.
  • ✞Knight... Dolly 2011/12/03 04:50:18
    ✞Knight of Honor
    +2
    That's probably why the law's still in place.
  • GLaDOS 2011/10/26 16:16:10
    Undecided
    GLaDOS
    +2
    I believe that parents should be able to allow children to drink wine, possibly, in their own homes. It is done in other countries, and may remove the "grown-up" element of it, that makes young adults stupid.
  • Dolly GLaDOS 2011/12/04 22:14:24
    Dolly
    +2
    I agree with you if the parents can be trusted to not turn the kids into boozers as a result.
  • Lady Whitewolf 2011/10/26 10:17:39
    no
    Lady Whitewolf
    +4
    I say make the legal age 21 across the board.
  • Wolfman 2011/10/26 08:46:37
    no
    Wolfman
    +2
    If you are in uniform, you'll get a beer.
  • Beat Ma... Wolfman 2011/10/26 21:32:14
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +1
    If you're out of high school and have a job, you get a beer.
  • Wolfman Beat Ma... 2011/10/27 05:09:24
    Wolfman
    +1
    Only if you're 21.
  • Fallsch... Wolfman 2011/10/27 03:10:27
    Fallschirmjager
    +1
    For all of the people that said yes because of military service at 18, enlistees under 21 can drink beer at the E clubs on base.
  • Wolfman Fallsch... 2011/10/27 05:10:10
    Wolfman
    +2
    Yes they can.
  • TC 2011/10/26 08:12:23 (edited)
    Undecided
    TC
    +1
    In my country it is 18! though I started at 15.
  • Z 2011/10/26 07:29:10
    None of the above
    Z
    +2
    It should be removed. Countries where there is no drinking but are as developed as the US. are less likely to have alcoholics and alcohol abusers. This is because they tend to grow up to understand and recognize alcohol. There is less of a taboo aspect, it is not some great rite of passage. It is safer and better for society.
  • Beat Ma... Z 2011/10/26 21:32:56
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +1
    100% correct. America's puritanical taboos toward alcohol lead to binge drinking and alcoholism.
  • Z Beat Ma... 2011/10/26 23:03:44
    Z
    +1
    Not really, since most puritans were okay with alcohol.
  • KoAm 2011/10/26 07:01:12
    yes
    KoAm
    +3
    When I was 19 years old, I was serving our country on a Coast Guard cutter -- but I couldn't legally drink a glass of wine. Ridiculous.
  • Fallsch... KoAm 2011/10/27 03:11:23
    Fallschirmjager
    +1
    For all of the people that said yes because of military service at 18, enlistees under 21 can drink beer at the E clubs on base.
  • KoAm Fallsch... 2011/10/27 09:03:51
    KoAm
    +1
    When they're home on leave after deployment in some place like Afghanistan, they should be able to have a beer at their hometown's local watering hole too.
  • bigeasy628 2011/10/26 04:33:42
    yes
    bigeasy628
    +1
    you can die in war thats it
  • Fallsch... bigeasy628 2011/10/27 03:11:15
    Fallschirmjager
    +1
    For all of the people that said yes because of military service at 18, enlistees under 21 can drink beer at the E clubs on base.
  • KoAm Fallsch... 2011/10/27 09:04:10
    KoAm
    +1
    When they're home on leave after deployment in some place like Afghanistan, they should be able to have a beer at their hometown's local watering hole too.
  • Azrael-In GOD we trust 2011/10/26 04:33:14
    yes
    Azrael-In GOD we trust
    +3
    I think it should be 18 because voting and joining the military is legal at 18. The key here is for the young person not to overindulge and to be responsible.
  • Fallsch... Azrael-... 2011/10/27 03:11:34
    Fallschirmjager
    +2
    For all of the people that said yes because of military service at 18, enlistees under 21 can drink beer at the E clubs on base.
  • KoAm Fallsch... 2011/10/27 09:04:18
    KoAm
    +1
    When they're home on leave after deployment in some place like Afghanistan, they should be able to have a beer at their hometown's local watering hole too.
  • Azrael-... Fallsch... 2011/10/27 09:48:15
    Azrael-In GOD we trust
    +1
    The reason I said "yes" was because 18 is the "magical" adult age here in the US. 18 is voting, buying cigs, voting, military, obtaining a bank loan- just like I stated. Sure enlisted folks can drink there, but the rest of the 18 population cannot, unless they drink illegally.
    If the government wants them to be adults, then they are adults for everything that is required of adults.
  • ★misfit★ 2011/10/26 03:12:59
    yes
    ★misfit★
    +3
    I feel like if you're trusted enough to go to war and vote, you should be trusted enough to drink. A lot of 18-year-olds aren't responsible enough to do any of these things, but a lot of 25-year-olds aren't either. You have to start treating people like adults sometime. *shrugs*
  • Fallsch... ★misfit★ 2011/10/27 03:12:05
    Fallschirmjager
    +1
    For all of the people that said yes because of military service at 18, enlistees under 21 can drink beer at the E clubs on base.


    No one under 30 should be trusted to vote.!!!
  • KoAm Fallsch... 2011/10/27 09:05:32
    KoAm
    +2
    When they're home on leave after deployment in some place like Afghanistan, they should be able to have a beer at their hometown's local watering hole too.

    If someone under 30 can be trusted to defend your freedom, don't you think it's rather unfair to automatically deem him/her "untrustworthy to vote" just because of their age?

    Besides, there are people over 30 who don't know their ass from their elbow when it comes to political issues. Am I right, or am I right?

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