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Should the legal drinking age be raised to 25?

PolarFloyd 2012/08/03 04:42:05
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  • Metaldane 2012/08/03 05:23:47
    No
    Metaldane
    +5
    I'd rather it change to 18 Not because of the lame " if your old enough to join the military" excuse but because quite a few countries allow it or even lower and they don't have nearly as bad a drinking problem the reason is because at first they have to be at home or with a guardian and it's not as taboo in their society.

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  • sydney bell 2012/10/09 05:26:02
    Yes
    sydney bell
    While intoxication kills off irreplaceable brain cells of anyone who is drinking, in an immature brain (under 25 years old) it can cause moderate to severe brain damage. Binge drinking leads to dissolution of the pre-frontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for decision-making, paying attention, emotions, and monitoring impulses that lead to irrational behavior. It can also stunt brain growth, causing the brain to never reach its full potential or altering the way it matures.
    By 21 people are expected to be mature enough to handle themselves and drink responsibly. However, by that age people have only been graduated from high school for a matter of a few years, and have not been “adults” for long. Many are in college, in which case their focus should be on studies, not partying and getting drunk. However, by the age of 25 many have graduated college or are in their final years there, and are living in the big, bad, grown-up world in which they work, pay their own bills, maintain homes, start families, and represent what an adult should be, and at that point are adult enough to better manage their drinking habits. Drinking at a younger age is also linked to alcoholism—the younger people are when they begin drinking, the more likely they are to become addicted later on.
    http://psychcentral.com/news/...
  • T. James H 2012/09/03 03:51:43
  • John Galt jr or Ron/jon 2012/08/31 23:00:49
    No
    John Galt jr or Ron/jon
    anything other than 18 is unconstitutional
  • Sammi </3 2012/08/09 00:54:24
    No
    Sammi </3
    i wanna have my drink at age 21 and i will!...i just kinda weish i could at 18 b/e i'm a legal adult than ><
  • martin28 2012/08/08 00:06:48
    No
    martin28
    I'll only say yes if the military age changes with it too, I don't understand how 18 can be old enough to die for their country but can't drink. It's asinine
  • Crime Time 2012/08/06 23:10:46
  • Jack 2012/08/04 21:04:15
    No
    Jack
    That's insane! 21 is already much older than the rest of the world.
  • Windy 2012/08/04 18:55:51
    No
    Windy
    +1
    The government has no legitimate, Constitutional authority to arbitrarily tell individuals what they may consume or at what age they are allowed to consume any drug (alcohol IS a drug) or any other substance. In countries where there is no age limit on alcohol ingestion, children learn to use it responsibly. Besides, who owns your body, you or the government? And who is responsible for raising and teaching your children, you or the government?
  • ☽✪☾Goddess~Worshiper☥ 2012/08/04 06:18:30
    No
    ☽✪☾Goddess~Worshiper☥
    But hell, raise it to 40, don't mean I will stop. :p
  • kofp 2012/08/03 19:47:35 (edited)
    No
    kofp
    +1
    The drinking age should be eliminated.
  • Dan der Mensch 2012/08/03 18:03:40
    No
    Dan der Mensch
    No, I wasn't any smarter at 25 than I was at 21. That's expecting a lot from me in just 4 years.
  • wildcat 2012/08/03 17:59:06
    No
    wildcat
    No it should be lowered to 18, the legal driving age should be raised to 25.
  • Eddie_DOMA_is_dead 2012/08/03 17:24:59
  • DANNY59 2012/08/03 17:12:58
    No
    DANNY59
    This is such a complicated question, and I don't think I could do it justice here. Generally speaking I would like to see booze disappear from the planet. Knowing that is just a fantasy, I had to say no. Just because we (the law) says you can't do this or that doesn't change things. Meth, and cocaine and several other drugs are completely off limits, no age requirements, but that doesn't seem to make any difference. Adding an older age limit might make it harder for younger people to purchase the booze, but it's not going to stop them. I think the best deterrent would be is to have young people spend some time in the ER, or around a bunch of heavy duty alcoholics and see where the booze drinking (could lead). I have seen SO many lives ruined by booze I've honestly lost count. I know that not every person who drinks is going to be a problem drinker, most won't, but maybe early teaching about the negative possibilities it can lead to, might be better than making a new law.
  • Eddie_D... DANNY59 2012/08/03 17:30:45
  • Dan der... Eddie_D... 2012/08/03 18:10:55
    Dan der Mensch
    Yes - ban the fork! Rosie O'donnell could finally slim her fat butt down.

    ban fork rosie odonnell slim fat butt
  • Eddie_D... Dan der... 2012/08/03 23:41:25
  • Dan der... Eddie_D... 2012/08/04 00:56:25
    Dan der Mensch
    Bwarney says "BWAN IT!"

    bwarney bwan
  • Eddie_D... Dan der... 2012/08/04 02:04:46 (edited)
  • Dan der... Eddie_D... 2012/08/04 04:32:24
  • DANNY59 Eddie_D... 2012/08/04 00:12:14
    DANNY59
    That's why I started my post saying that it is such a complicated question, and I don't think I could do it justice here. There are so many variables, that's why I said it wouldn't be a good idea to change the drinking age, I don't think changing laws around is going to make a difference. And as far as personal responsibility goes, I suggested that teaching younger folks more about the damage it can do would be very helpful. If I knew what I know now about booze I don't think I ever would have started drinking. The drinking age for me was 19, back in 1977, drinking and driving wasn't even a topic back then. If a cop pulled you over and saw you were buzzed, if you were cool to him, he'd usually just say be careful getting home. Then things changed by 1988 when I got my one and only DUI. That was enough of a scare that I haven't had any booze since, and believe me, I loved to drink, too much obviously. That's not the only reason I haven't had a drink, health issues cropped up, and I had at least 10 friends mess up their jobs and marriages, one of them being my older brother, who went on to destroy his body too. The issue goes very deep with me, and I probably shouldn't have opened up this can of worms. Have a good evening.
  • Eddie_D... DANNY59 2012/08/04 00:21:39
  • DANNY59 Eddie_D... 2012/08/04 10:47:15
    DANNY59
    I only said it was my fantasy, my wife wouldn't be very happy with me either if I made booze disappear. Stats show that Over 75 percent of domestic violence victims report that their assailant had been drinking, and 64% of women that were raped reported their attacker had been drinking. These stats are almost 20 years old, and it is much higher today, so alcohol is not MY problem, it is the worlds. I would also like to see anger and violence gone, but that too is just wishful thinking. A coroner from Russia said that if they tested every person that died in Russia, 90% of the people would be considered legally drunk, that again is not my problem, it's a freaking epidemic. Your last line is funny, I'm not taking anything away from you, and booze will be here until humanity is extinct, so you don't have to worry.
  • jOkEsOnYoU 2012/08/03 17:04:54
    No
    jOkEsOnYoU
    I don't think so. It should be lowered to 18.
  • Michelle 2012/08/03 16:21:14
    No
    Michelle
    That's ridiculous. While brains may be developing all the way to 25, people will be drinking whether they're legal to or not. At least if they're legal, they're more likely to drink reasonably than go out every weekend and get completely hammered.
  • Rich Matarese 2012/08/03 16:19:16
    Yes
    Rich Matarese
    +1
    Hell, raise it to 30.

    No, 35.

    Why not make it illegal for anybody under the age of 40 to drink?

    Hm. How about prohibiting the manufacture and sale of ANY alcoholic beverage in these United States?

    We could call it "Prohibition."

    Wouldn't that work just fine?
    -
  • Eddie_D... Rich Ma... 2012/08/03 17:31:19
  • yogamartial 2012/08/03 15:39:36
    No
    yogamartial
  • xXSecret-RaineXx 2012/08/03 15:31:10
    No
    xXSecret-RaineXx
    +1
    NO WAY..>:/
  • Chaya2010 2012/08/03 15:12:47
    No
    Chaya2010
    I'm going to drink and drop PILLs no matter what.
  • Eyes See Wide North 2012/08/03 14:37:59
    No
    Eyes See Wide North
    18 is fine, but people under 18 are going to drink anyway (parks around here have on average 40-100 people under 18 drinking 2 - 3 times a week).

    Pushing the age limit to 25 would just mean parks and other places people can drink would be overpopulated.

    Idiot nations would no longer be able to ignore underage drinking, so go ahead America, sick of hearing you talk about drink like only people who are old enough use it.
  • Swordfish 2012/08/03 14:05:57
    No
    Swordfish
    Of course not, it should be lowered to 18. Why?
    -If you're old enough to be drafted, you should be old enough to drink.
    -Almost every kid drinks anyway.
    -It's not making anybody drink more or less. The underaged people I know who drink, don't really care about the law or not. They just do it.
  • Cat 2012/08/03 13:14:25
    No
    Cat
    It should be lowered to 18.
  • xXSecre... Cat 2012/08/03 15:32:16
    xXSecret-RaineXx
    Yeah.... I agree..
  • BritPunk 2012/08/03 12:57:14
    No
    BritPunk
    I think 18 is the right age.
  • mike j 2012/08/03 12:55:53
    No
    mike j
    +1
    The drinking age for beer and wine should be lowered to 16 , hard alcohol remain @ 21.
  • exsecrare 2012/08/03 12:33:57
    No
    exsecrare
    +1
    It should be dropped to 18.
  • Caprica 2012/08/03 11:53:45 (edited)
    No
    Caprica
    +1
    I'm fine with it at 21. When I was younger, I adamantly wanted the drinking age lowered to 18. However, I'm past 21 now and still rarely ever drink anyways.
  • Dweezle 2012/08/03 11:45:19
    No
    Dweezle
    +3
    It does not matter what the legal age is, young people will still find a way to drink. what we need to concentrate on is being responsible.
  • Matthew Marek 2012/08/03 10:57:30
    No
    Matthew Marek
    +1
    i think it should be lowered to 18... if i can hold a rifle and fight and die for my country, why can't i have a beer or a glass of wine?

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