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"At 18 years old you're considered to be an adult. you can get loans, buy a car, house, get marry, adopt children, join and fight for the US military. To live on your own legally at the age of eighteen and to have all these other responsibilies, its ridiculous not to be allowed to have the right to have a drink."
"@Tawnee all good points@Josh You are speaking of Prohibition, sir. Which failed epically in the past, and it's failing even more horribly right now with the "War on Drugs". Making ANYTHING illegal will only help one thing and one thing alone: the black market."
"i agree with that 100%"
"i agree if you can do all that stuff why not drink"
"I agree. Why can you endanger your life by entering the military, but you can't have a couple of beers? Why won't the government let us exercise our full rights as a "legal" adult? And as an adult, we have a sense of responsibility to not abuse alcohol. To consume alcohol should be our choice, since we are, like I pointed out multiple times, that we are "legal" adults. It seems to me that the government should respect our rights, and that they need to back off."
"in all honesty you are all stupid considering that someones brain does not finish developing until there 20's and if you all want to damage your own body because you want to "be cool and drink when you are 18" go head no one is stoping you... but if you had a decent brain youd stop and think."
"@conservative: some, not all. just like some people who are over the age of 21 are irresponsible but they are still allowed to drink"
"Its just that some kids are irresponsible and should be supervised."
"heck yah i hear ya"
"You cannot get addicted to joining the military, buying a house, getting married, etc. Therefore none of your points are really attached to being allowed to drink. Just because you can have a life doesn't mean you should be allowed to get addicted to something. Your points have no reason, therefore I cannot agree. :/However, I believe there is a strong reason why the law states you are not allowed to drink before the age of 21. #1 death of teens from 15 to 20 is crashes from illegal drunk driving. If we allowed drinking, it would be eisier for these teens to first drink, then, the illegal of the two, drive. It would only cause more teens to get killed from drunk driving. Reason. I chose reason, over ramble."
"Patriotism has nothing to do with popping a beer."
"i am the real rebecca i i dont agree"
"amazingly alcohol is more addictive and harmful to the body than marijuana, alcohol should be illegal and not be sold in the united states, its a worthless drug that doesnt do anything other than cause accidents such as violence and car accidents."
"My parents raised me right. Yet the law keeps me from my personal right to have a beer with my dad or a few with my buddies. I strongly feel that the MLDA should be 18 because the only arguments that keep it at 21 are those that say car accidents would go up and it’s bad for OUR brains. I'd like to say that parental guidance is the problem. If parents actually taught their kids from a young age valuable life lessons, they wouldn't ever have the thought of driving drunk to begin with. Why make a law to do all the work when parents could actually do their job more effectively. The deal about alcohol being bad for OUR brain is ridiculous. It has been established that 18 is the age that a person becomes an adult. If we are finally adults why you people worry about us and our brain? I have been through school, graduated high school and am currently spending thousands of dollars for a college diploma so i can get a job in your shi**y economy. I will worry about me, you "Adults" worry about the things you were supposed to be worrying about."
"Yes it is unfortunate that a person serving in the military not be allowed to have a drink but can risk his or her life for our country. Allow men and women in the military to consume alcohol on base and if in the US, they must be able to prove they are in fact serving in the military (show US military ID). That way the ones who have EARNED that right to drink are able to, and won't be constricted by the law."
"this is the best statement i have seen thus far, the fact that a soldier can die for our country and not get a drink with his brothers in arms is rediculus, that an individual can vote drive and start a life for himself and still not be allowed to drink is wrong. Alcohol can have negitive affects on the individual yes but it is the individuals job to take responsablity for his own drinking and seek help if he or she needs it. starting at 18 can help develop good drinking habits, such as social drinking 1-2 drinks not binging or loosing controll, if parental guidence is present."
"I agree with the parent thing but you cant count on parents being responsible so the law is there to protect people. I have a right to be safe on the road but if an irresponsible teen drinks and drives because they believe they have the "right" well their "right is now effecting my safety and right. Also your brain is not developed at 18 so adults have to worry about you because you can end up hurting them or killing them. I'm not an adult I'm 15 but I'm mature enough to know to wait."
"at the end of the day your dad has the right to allow you to drink in private. Don't rush life. trust me."
"You're right. If parents taught their kids well there would be less drunk driving accidents. The only problem? Not all of them do. And even when kids are taught responsibility, not all of them end up being responsible. History shows that there was a large spike in drunk driving accidents when the age was lowered, and this would happen again"
"It's funny how you say you are an adult and you have all this anger towards a government that is doing what is RIGHT! Drinking is plainly stupid, it smells and makes you act stupid! Why would anyone want to do that?!"
"If you are old enough to fight and die for your country, you should be able to purchase and or consume an alcoholic beverage. If you have the intelligence and maturity to vote for the elected officials, again you should be able to partake. If you can buy a gun, you should be able to buy a drink. What we need to do is rid ourselves of our puritan/christian influence and get with the 21st century. Bronze-age myths have plagued this planet for far too long."
"Donald Cole, 95% of modern Christians have nothing to do with the Puritans, the Bronze-Age may be a little far back, and the 21 law is supposed to protect the rest of the world from the other, non-mature, idiotic 18/19/20 year olds, who seem to be not going anywhere. I am Roman Catholic and I am 17. I have no wish to drink. Yes, I have tried it. I just didn't like it. The only reason 18 year olds can fight is that our country was desperate. Have you ever heard a 38 year old man who came back from war with nightmares about children lying dead in the field?"
"I wish I could vote up on this more than once"
"There are people who feel discriminated against for the MLDA, i am merely saying there are age restrictions for many things and that the MLDA is not set in place to discriminate against them."
"I think when you turn 18 you should be able to make any choices you want, but you have to realize you would have to be responsible for whatever trouble you may get into."
"@don't need to know: stupid teenagers, huh? so we're the ones who are going to drive drunk and kill innocent people? what about Lacey, a girl from my school who died from a drunk driving accident when she was in 8th grade. she was killed in by an ADULT. what about the rest of the innocent people who die every year on our nations roads? they are killed by ADULTS who get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after tipping back a few in the bar."
"It's typical of our government to apply 'leverage' to force states to comply by such things as cease supplying highway funds. They did the same with the helmet law. Also most states allow for children to drink alcohol with a parent approval and (usually) presence. Another point is that if you can die for our freedoms you can surly have a beer or shot of alcohol. Alcohol is in the long list of DRUGS, this one legal, many are not. All can be abused. I remember when this passed and I wrote in to complain about the main basis of setting the age to 21 was that the number of DUI's increased. When you do a major change like this in the law, you have to wait a number of years for those that use to stabilize. Same as Medical Marijuana, except I cannot find any medical use for alcohol!"
"no....that does work you cant to that if u have an 18 year old getting drunk and driving you can not only harm them but aloso maybe other because stupid teenagers are the ones that are proably going to drink and drive and they mght ge into crap drunk drive and hit someone else and could paralized killl or etc. and what if they have kids in the car they can kill. so yeah...!"
"For one, if 18 year old are old enough to make the decision of enlisting, they should be able to make the decision of having a drink... If at 18 you are old enough to vote for president, you should be able to drink. At 18 many people go off to college and I know for a fact underage drinking goes on. If the age was lowered from 21 to 18, it wouldn't be considered such a big deal where people are constantly tempted because it isn't legally permitted AND I feel that it will also help our economy...more people buying alcohol means more money. If you don't make it a big deal, it won't be. The drinking age should be lowered to18!"
"Man, I'm 19 years old and it's so easy to buy alcohol. I just have to chose which illegal method I need to use. Get a fake Id? or just ask a 21 year old that wants to make some money. People who favor the lowering the drinking age want to ban underage drinking. Ignorance. They say underage drinkers are not mature. Have they seen a birthday party of someone that just turned 21? they act like they are 5. And I don't blame them. While me, a 19 year old kid, who only drink socially have to go to court for an MIP. Well, i got caught once out of 30 times i drank this school year. The act of underage drinking(doest matter 18 or 21) should be discriminalized.The problem of alcohol is not drinking itself, but what you do when you are under the influence. Drinking and driving should be severely penalized."
"if your old enough to join the military at age 18 why cant you drink? if you can risk your life for this country you should be able to drink"
"It would be fallacious to lower the drinking age for military personnel only. It needs to be lowered altogether."
"i used the military thing as an example of taking a irresponsibility like defending this nation at that low of an age they should allow us as citizens to be responsible enough to drink, in short lower the age for every one not just the military"
"You make a very good point, that's why I believe that if you are 18 and serve in the military, you should be allowed to consume alcohol on base or if you are able to prove that you serve in the military (showing military ID, etc.), uou should be allowed to have a drink back in the US in a bar, club, etc."
"I agree-just lower the drinking age for military people"
"I agree. Lets lower the drinking age to 18 for military personnel"
"I pay the same taxes as those to the right of me. I have registered for the draft. I am a citizen just like you. I shouldn't be discriminated against just because I'm 20. Pubs are a great place to network and meet new people. I am a homebrewer (card me for that ha!) and a beer lover and there is nothing wrong with that."
"I support lowering the MLDA to 18. Most teens already drink, whether it's legal or not, but making it legal would allow for more education. If we educate teens on how to drink responsibly, then they will be less likely to binge drink. The propaganda of "just say no" doesn't teach teens how to make decisions about drinking and that's what we really need."
"Very true, the "just say no" has not really ever worked.. Look at Europe drinking ages are 18 and in some cases 16 for beer and wine. That works out fine for them. And as you said no matter what the law says people under 21 will drink. Deal with and control it like every other "of age" drinker. Many colleges support lowering the drinking age. Only reason its not lowered is pressure from the federal government when it should be the states decision alone."
"Although most of this has been said...Teens WILL drink if they want to. 21 year-olds can be just as irresponsable as 18 year-olds, and alcohol is just as damaging to every adult age group. Its a poison, people! Its up to parents to teach moderation and responsibility.According to the government, 18 year olds are legal adults, able to make their own decisions. THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO DRINK ALCOHOLMake the smoking age 21 if you must! I'd rather see kids drinking than smoking. the USA has the highest drinking age in the world."
"you, my new friend, make a very good point."
"i feel if youre old enough to pay taxes,get loans,pay for rent, go to work and make important decisions you should be able to crack open a beer and not worry about being caught.there are more things to worry about like aids, street gangs,and ginger babies."
"What, pray tell, is a ginger baby? I'm picturing a red-headed infant, and I'm uncertain as to why they might be a threat to society."
"yes, it should be lowered to 18"
"i don`t like drunk driving anymore than the rest of us but most drunk drivers are adults in the first place and it`s funny that we can fight and die in a war at age 18 but can`t get any beers till age 21. i`m a teen(14 years old) and i am responsible enough to not drink and i`ll have my drivers license in a year and if i did drink i would call my mom or dad or sober friend for a place to crash while sleep off my alcohol out of my body and sober up"
"Reply to Chris bjorilund.the problem is ...once a person starts to drink the part of the brain that makes good decisions are inpaired. So while sober you think you would call someone to come get you there is a good chance you would not. I am tired of everyone only associalting drinking and driving being the ISSUE. So many other life changing situations can occur while intoxicated. Unplanned/unprotected sex, unplanned pregnancies, STD's. Are you going to call your parent up before you let down your guard and do these thing."
"your 14.. and if you never drank before, and you go off and drink your first thing id not to call up mom and dad to come get you cause you would think that your fine and really your not."
"Good for you!"
"Are you norweigian? And I do think you are being responsible, but you volunteer yourself for a war, unless there's a draft, which there hasn't been in years."
"I would rather the limit dropped so the younger crowd would not take chances doing illegal things just to get it."
"If you think you are resonsible enough to pay bills on a house on your own, buy a car with your own money and pay for the gas for your car you are responcible enough to drink beer....."
"Exactly. What about people like me who are less than a year away, with a child, married, our own place, my own car, and paying my own bills. Its ridiculous to have to resort to staying in my own home just to wind down with a drink at the end of the day."
"the drinking age should be lowered to 18. if at 18 we can decied who the presdident will be , if we should get married and start a family, fight for our country, singe leagl documents, decied our own medical treatment we sould be able to deiced if we want a drink or not. we are seen as responsible younge adults to make decions like that but not old enough to drink. we can make more life changing decisons in our lifes when we are 18 but the law say we not old enough to decied if we can drink.some people will say at 18 people are not old enough to make the right deciosn on drinking but is anyone ever the right age still with the law saying 21 there is still crashes do to drunk driving."
"Amazing how alcohol is rarely referred to as a drug. And yes it is dangerous.. but at 18 you should have the right to chose."
"I'm tired of being shoved into a corner to drink. I'm responsible with my alcohol, however at just about any party I go to, everyone else is not. Whether parents and police like it or not, minors WILL continue to drink- and prohibiting it only encourages irresponsible, unsupervised drinking. The raising of the drinking age in 1984 was a failed experiment. The rest of the world has it figured out, why can't the U.S get it right? I'd call this "law" a joke, but it's discernible from a joke in that it's not funny. When you have millions of "minors" who are entrusted to get married, go to war, and make a majority of the major decisions in their lives, why are we prohibiting alcohol? What's more, as incredibly easy as it is to obtain liquor and beer as a minor, it's hard to laugh at the law when you know it's causing several of my peers to be swept into substance abuse."
"Our republic was created for a specific purpose: to protect the rights of its citizens. We enacted a form of government never tried before. No longer was the state to enforce its will upon the people for its own ends. Rather, it would serve them by preventing others from violating your rights. This law is a violation of our rights, a violation of our national spirit (how is Jefferson's 'pursuit of happiness' serviced by bans?), and a massive misappropriation of resources.If you wish to decrease deaths, so be it. Educate all people, young and old, about the dangers of drinking in any setting. And if you wish to decrease driving fatalities, step up enforcement. It is legal and permissible for the government, in its role as manager of the road system, to set rules for safety on those premises. It is not legal, moral, or permissible for it to step into my home, or another man's bar or liquor store, and dictate what is 'right'. Such laws make us no better than the despotic, theocratic dictatorships of the Middle East, who incidentally are some of the only other states with drinking laws as onerous as ours."
"just so you know alcohol does not actually make yo happier so you did not succeed in your "pursuit of happiness" you just got drunkand your wrong we are better then "despotic, theocratic dictatorships of the Middle East" Kim Jong il Ratoined electricity and only let people use 80 watt light bulbs but mostly just candles, they have 6 day work week the 7th day is a mandatory volunteer work day, no internet or cell phones and you are arrested for listening to music from other countries not lettinng you drink til your 21 is NOT a violation of your rightsso go ahead live in North korea they let you drink THEY ARE GREAT"
"There is education for people. They've tried to educate kids since elementary school, but it doesn't make a difference. I'm sorry you feel it an infringement on your rights, but the law isn't to protect just you. People are irresponsible, and when they harm others that is taking away that persons rights (and how is Jefferson's "life" part of that same statement serviced then?). You may be responsible, and good for you. But most are not. I'm 19, just out of a high school with a lot of drinking. and I see all the bad that comes from alcohol. The bans are to protect citizens, the innocent ones, not the just the drinker."
"Between 16 & 21 most kids at least try alcohol. I believe drinking in a public setting like a bar or club is much better then in an ally or basement where binge or at least non social drinking occurs. The young people typically drink very fast and often from a shared bottle. If putting the age back to 18 is politically no possible then I recomend to allow them to drink only beer and wine from 18 to 21. In this way at least they are "learning" how to drink verus learning how to sneak drinks in the basement"
"i think that if you can die for your country, you can damn well do whatever you please."
""you can damn well do whatever you please."This attitude is why the laws are the the way they are"
"it true the parents should be the ones deciding not the government."
"- Drinking age laws have not prevented young people from drinking and they never will. Everybody knows they create a "forbidden fruit" factor.- Binge drinking is a much larger phenomena in states or countries where alcohol is restricted.- Education, experience and consequences are the only way people learn moderation. - Prohibition laws only appear to work on the surface and always drive the subject underground."
"Allowing those under the age of 21 to drink legally, especially with the consent of their parents or guardians, will help to encourage responsible drinking, and will help to reduce underage binge drinking. If a teen knows that they are allowed to have a glass of wine (for example) with their dinner without getting in trouble, they are being encouraged to use moderation. The 'habit' of moderation then becomes their default behavior. Additionally, without the added subconscious thrill of getting away with something they know is wrong, there is less peer pressure to do so."
"If you can get a car loan, go to war, vote, get a mortgage you should be able to consume alcohol."
"The reality is that many teenagers drink. The 'just say no' policy has not been successful in changing that behavior. Why not try a more practical approach and conditionally lower the legal drinking age. This would serve as a type of 'learner's permit' for responsible alcohol management."
"so what your saying is, teens drink anyway so lets make it legal... well people also steal and kill, should we make those legal? i mean, people do it anyway!"
"yes it should be lowered because 18 years of age is when you are considered to be an adult... kitty out"
"It's 18 in most of the world... Why not just make it 18 here? Having the drinking age 21 is ridiculous. If you enroll in the draft, can smoke tobacco, and are considered adult you should be allowed to consume alcohol.I like the idea that if you're at a bar or at a public place and you drove there you should be forced by law to put your keys in a jar managed by a bartender until he or she thinks you are sober enough to drive yourself home (prevents car accidents).You should be able to consume with a parent/ guardian around starting at 16, consume without parent supervision at 17, and purchase at 18."
"I say anyone at or over the age of 18 should be legally classified legal to drink as an adult. In the past, those of you who are old enough to know or remember when the draft was in effect, you could be drafted to go to war. We, at the time, argued that if we were old enough to go to war to fight and die for the country, then we were old enough to vote and drink. In our society, we are considered as an adult at 18. This should be the same across the board. You can't have it both ways. Either you are, or you are not. Education is the key, So educate nor restrict. What's next? Because of texting, will they enact a law to say you can't get a license until you are old enough to know you shouldn't text and drive. Many of the laws should be put into law with degree of common sense, something these days that it seems void of. Of all the issues of today, the only discussion level seems to matter is what is being discussed in congress, as if any of these people have the intelligence to know what they are discussing. The public should be a good part of the conversation, as they are the ones the law will affect. At 18 I consumed alcohol, and I'm still here. Why? because of my intelligence, and a degree of wanting to keep on living."
"If one has to register for the selective service at 18 to fight, KILL, and possibly die for one's country, and one can get life in prison as an adult at 18 or even younger, not to mention the death sentence in states that have it, then one should be allowed to drink. It is about consistency of the law, and frankly, Americans need to grow up and start learning responsibility at an earlier age, and that includes responsible alcohol/substance use. In many countries in Europe, those of the age of 16 can drink beer and wine and hard liquor at 18. Our young adults are not served well by an ignorant, childish and legally inconsistent (age of an adult) policy. I ask you, how do you tell a soldier he can get his face blown off in Iraq or Afghanistan, but cannot drink here in the country that he/she serves? Just for the record, soldiers of the age of 18 CAN drink in countries that allow a lower age (ie Korea). They even have beer dispensing machines in the dorms on base."
"i honestly do not care for beer, but the drinking age should be lowered to atleast 18, because thats when you can officially be called an adult, and you can get a job. somewhere at that point in time you should be able to go to the store and buy a drink or two."
"Drinking is a personal choice, and one should be able to perform such activity once he is a teen and able to make his own conscious decision. One can do whatever they please, as long as it does not harm the well-being of others.This is why the law should raise the legal driving age to 18, and drop the drinking age to 16, or else there would be too many accidents. It is ridiculous how you can enlist and smoke cigarettes at 18, but only consume alcohol at 21. It is also ridiculous how you can join the army at 18, but you are not responsible enough to drink. Starting at a younger age with certain restrictions will better prepare you for when you have a complete legal age. One has to experience something to truly know what it is about. In other words, if you start earlier with restricted doses, by the time you get to the "accepted" drinking age, you will be well-aware of the consequences and affects of alcohol and the benefits of consuming."
"Im Pro Because i believe if your old enough to fight for your country you should be allowed to have a drink before you go risk your life overseas!!"
"At 18 you can start purchasing cigarettes, which damages your body, a lot worse but slower. Also, with cigarettes, you harm the people around you as well; with drinking only if you drive or abusive(happens at all ages). You could decide to join the military, or be drafted in the time of need, which could injure or kill you. If you do something illegal you are tried as an adult. You could also get married (your brain is not developed until 26-30 but you could make a lifetime commitment or deal with a painful, costly divorce later?!). A person could get a credit card and mess up their credit which could take years or decades to fix(but not responsible enough for a drink). You also trust 18-20 year-old people to chose are nations(also state and city) leaders. Also, person does not become a mature person on his/her 21 birthday from the day before."
"when i turn 18 i have the right to smoke to vote to buy a car to buy a house to get a loan and to join the US military why shouldnt i be able to drink?"
"When I was under 21 (currently 27) my parents allowed me to drink on occasion...responsibly. I learned to respect alcohol and I think that had I been able to purchase it myself I would not have abused it as I didn't when I turned 21. I do fear young adults driving while drunk though. My state's legal BAC is 0.08, for drivers of the drinking age and 0.00 for anyone under the drinking age. If the law were to change for drinking age, the BAC should still stay at 0.00 until one turns 21. I think gives some time for new drivers to actually learn how to drive before they drive with any alcohol in there system. I have relatives outside of the country that have been drinking, quite heavily I might add, and they are fine. I do not think drinking at 18 poses much, if any, threat to ones brain. This is just one guy's opinion...anyone have anything else to add?"
"I am all for it being 21, but come on should it not be lowered to at least 18? They can vote, get married, have a child, and join the army but cannot drink? That is so stupid! If I were in the army I know that I would want a drink knowing I can die within any moment...."
"Yes because if 18 year old can smoke and vote and merry and fight than why not drink their going to do it anyway so why not make in legal"
"your old enough to buy a gun join the military hold any job you own a house get married you are a ligilized adult at eighteen. its your given right to risk your life and it dosent matter if there eighteen or twentyone if your going to drive drunk its going to happen so so tell me why the hell shouldnt we be abl to have a beer when were adults"
"Kids are going to drink before age 21 anyways. might as well make it legal so they have to take responsibility for their wactions under the influence."
"I personally think it should be lowered but instead of a certain age it should force anyone who wants to legally consume to have a high school diploma, it would keep alcohol out of highschools, force a person to show their maturity and intelligence, not to mention increase the number of people with highschool diplomas"
"look at Europe, they are doing pretty well."
"i personally think if you can fight for your country you can go out and have a drink or two with your platoon and not have to worry about non of the consequences of it"
"People need to hear things directly from underage drinkers. There are drunk driving accidents all the time by teenagers who are intoxicated but yet still choose to get behind the wheel because they fear that if they call for a ride, or if show up at home without their car they will be punished by their parents. All this comes from personal experience and is fact. Underage drinking happens, there is not stopping it and just as well no hope in enforcing it. The reason why there are so many dangerous incidents involving underage drinking is due to the fear of getting caught by your parents, or worse, the police. I understand that there is in an increase risk of elevation in fatal incidents if the drinking age is lowered at first, but eventually responsible drinking will arise and prevail. Obviously there are risks, but not addressing the issue isn't going to lead to anything. Underage drinking is everywhere - I'm a college student and I've experienced it all the time - the fact is, underage drinking is not going to stop."
"An idea would be for Every licensed driver to be mandated to have an ignition interlock or fined & Or 18 yr olds would be required to take an extra online class about DWI to be handed in with an essay v to Insurance Company before getting their license & then the age to drink back to 18"
"it should be lowered to 18, if you can sign up for the military then you should have the option to drink, make the law for military only though, so the %tile stays low on teenage related accidents involving alcohol"
"If you can die for your country at the age of 18, you should be able to drink at you're going away party."
"im pro on this case cuz lowering the drinking age will let 18 year olds feel more like an adult then a teen an there are a lot of 18 year olds that dont drink cuz they want to keep a straght mind for a good job or better schooling an they drink only on a spaicel event like new year or weddings an some birthday partys"
"I'm a pro because at the age of 18 you are allowed to basically do anything legal. It's also the step of adulthood you take so people will treat you like you're mature. So you should be allowed to drink by the age of 18."
"I can say from personal experience that I wish my first drinking experience had been with my family. This is because the first time I drank I wen't overboard and was totally sh*tfaced and passed out. This is because I had no one there to tell me that I had enough and needed to stop. But because I was underage (over 18 but under 21) I was with friends that were too drunk to see that I needed to stop. It was only when I passed out that they realized that I was totally wasted. I'm glad that I was with friends that I could trust so I didn't end up sleeping with someone I didn't know or anything like that. But I believe that because I had never drank with a parental figure I never learned when enough was enough. If only the drinking age was 18 I would have had a 'drinking talk' and probably wouldn't have gotten so wasted. It was a lesson learned the hard way."
"if youre oldenough to join the military youre old enough to drink."
"i think that if we can get our own house, buy our own car, drive, and have a baby than we should be able to drink"
"Just because you have all those things doesnt mean you are Muture... any one can have a baby"
"The MLDA should be abolished altogether. It would force parents to teach their kids to be a responsible drinker rather than their kid learning the hard way through binge drinking and possible death. A drinking age will just get younger kids, no matter how far you lower the age, to get their older siblings to get them alcohol. So abolishing the drinking age is one of the more logical solutions to this issue at hand."
"The drinking age should definitely be lowered. People wouldn't be getting into as much crime as they do now. Everyone knows that kids who go to college, majority of them drink already. Most drink responsibly anyways. People who live close to the boarder of Canada will go there and drink because of the age. 21 years olds are just as irresponsible and so are 30 year olds so why not give the people who are 18 the right to drink."
"I grew up in New York State when the minimum drinking age was 18. We did not have all the problems that the pro-21 people have said we would have if the drinking age were lowered to 18. The problem wasn't New York's drinking age, it was the surrounding State's 21 drinking age. Their 18-21 old people were coming to New York and drink legally, then they would drive home and get involved in accidents and drunk driving charges. If the drinking age had been universally lowered to 18 instead of 21 the same decreases would have happened in all the States of the U. S. Since the U. S. Congress blackmailed the States to raise to 21, it will take blackmailing the States to lower the age to 18. In an 18 year old State, 18 to 21 year olds can go to a grocery store, or Liquor Store and buy what they choose, and take it home and drink at home. This means no drunk driving. The 21 drinking ageincreases intoxication because 18 to 21 year olds can not buy alchohol and take it home to drink. If 18 year old is old enough to vote, he is old enough to drink. The 21er's always include people under 18 when they talk about under-age drinking. That can, and should be a parent-child problem."
"I feel it is reasonable that if I can swear to support and defend the Constitution of the U.S., against all enemies, foreign and domestic--wear the uniform and potentially give my life for this country---I ought to be able to sit down in a bar and order myself a beer."
"If our youth can kill and die for this country, they should be able to drink in this country"
"i think that you shoud because if your 18 you are still young but if you are able to go fight for your country you should be able to drink a beer legaly if you want to."
"If at 18 you can go and fight to the death for your country overseas then you should be allowed to have a drink. The argument that drinking at 18 is too dangerous is ridiculous because that would imply that drinking is more dangerous than armed combat."
"I believe that if we can ask someone to die for his country at the age of 18, regardless of maturity, then 18 should be the legal age for consumption of alcohol."
"I agree with Tawnee... At 18 years old you have many responsibilities so why wouldnt we be able to drink. We should be able to handle the responsibilities and consequences that come along with drinking."
"If you lower the drinking age, not only will the desire and thrill of drinking lower, there will also be a lower rate of drunken accidents. it has also been noted that not many teens take as much of an interest in alcohol once able to easily obtain it."
"I have experience drinking, i first got drunk when i was 15. Alcohol is available to everyone these days that's why it should be lowered down to the age 18."
"ok get the hint people the age should be 18 i go to sssooooo many under age drinking parties its not going to stop people from drinking at an early age"
"Everything has a risk factor, smoking, driving, drinking. All of it. So why are adults banned from one but not the other?What makes an adult, an adult? Maturity? Age? Experience? A fully developed brain? Maturity and responsibility often go hand in hand. The MLDA is not a law that condones the responsibility of young adults. Education is key is preventing drunk driving and reckless drinking. Shunning the problem and ignoring the consequences will not prevent adolescents from drinking. The fact that 18 years old can sign a contract, smoke cigarettes, die by the death penalty or overextend their credit before they've even had their first legal drink makes no sense."
"18 year olds are adults and should get be able to drink. Time for the government to stop bullying the states, and let them choose their drinking age without lossing highway funding. There going to drink no matter what the law is anyway."
"Yes the drinking age should be lowered to a younger age because then more teens would not drink or they would drink around people so there would be less accents."
"Yes! I think it should be lowered because when you are 18, you are old enough to make your own decisions and if you get in trouble for drinking and driving, you can legally go to court and take the consequences of your actions."
"Just because the drinking age is 21 doesn't mean that an 18 year old are going to abide by that ruling. If an ADULT at the age of 18 wants to drink they will find one way or another to do it, why not make it legal and safer for the adults that drink before they are 21."
"I feel like the drinking age should be lowered to 18 because at 18 you are considered an adult so why not be able to drink like an adult at that age... its not fair to 18 year olds that are considered and adult if they cant act like one. If I was 18 I would wish to drink at that age because if im expected to act like an adult then I should have the privileges of an adult"
"Without a doubt, this "MLDA 21" insult to our young adults from age 18-20 should be removed. It has been a failure from Day 1; I will never forget the day Reagan signed it into law under Ms. Lightner of MADDs gloating eyes. I was 22 at the time, and not affected directly, but I remember well how I felt for those who had their rights yanked practically overnight, without due process of law. This applies to the states as well, more than half of which were coerced by this legislative blackmail. I grew up in a non-21 country, right next door in fact, and believe me, we were not all dropping like flies from auto wrecks and the like. Change the law, and now."
"i say yes because 18 year olds drink already"
"hahaha ture that it should be 10!!!"
"because men and women who serve for our country that are eighteen can fight and die for their country but they can't come home and have a drink i personally think they earned it"
"I believe that the age limit should be lowered to 20. And i know some people will say wat difference is one year but most 20 years olds today are just ast responsible drinkers as 21 year olds. And people say thar 21 year olds are mote responsible when that isnt entirely true. Im sure everyone can wait till they are 20 to drink. I know that once you turn 18 ur considered to an adult but technically they are still looked at as children so 20 will be a great age."
"I believe if someone is old enough to die for their country, they should be able to enjoy a nice glass of beer."
"At the age of 18 you are able to vote, and be sent off to war and possibly DIE for your country. But you aren't able to drink? At the age of 18 most people move out of their parents house and make their own decisions anyway, so why keep them from drinking."
"In most countries in the world you are able to drink at the age of 18 and many of these countries don't have an alcohol problem as bad as the United States does. Prohibiting alcohol and making it less accessible will make underage drinkers crave it more only because they can't have it. If drinking isn't taken so seriously children can be introduced to it safely at younger ages by their parents so they don't abuse it when they get older. One solution that many countries use is legalizing beers and wines at 18 and liquors at 20. The age limit isn't necessarily the issue with underage and binge drinking and it shouldn't be to blame. If you can legally become an adult and die for your country at 18, you should at least be able to sit down and have a nice beer with your dinner."
"I grew up in a highly religious environment and though I still have strong beliefs about drinking, I know that it would have been better prepared to travel and consume safely if I had been allowed to drink in the states. Other countries have 18+ rule which makes us Americans look like loose, care-free a**holes when we can't handle our liquor abroad. Also, if a person can marry without permission or join our armed forces, that person should also be allowed to drink. It's not that difficult and I believe it would help stop over-consumption in underage adults."
"either way teenagers are going to find a way to drink, no mater what the law says. the drinking age of 21 does not diminish drunk driving, it just simply postpones it from 18-20 to 21-24 year olds. Yes it IS the parents responsibility to educate their child on drinking, but not all parents are capable of doing so. and anyway, children dont always listen to their parents anyway. kids are kids, they like to rebel and break the rules! Either way the brain doesnt develop until 25 anyway so drinking at 21 is about the same as drinking at 18. Most people know the effects of drinking, but continue to do it anyways. Its their brain, they can mess it up if they want!"
"If you can go to war you should be able to drink!!!"
"18 is the drinking age in most other Western countries. It makes little sense that a 20 year old in the USA should be committing a crime by doing something a 20 year old in Britain or Germany would have no issues with."
"I'm currently 19 and I originally am from Italy. I live in California now. The US law for drinking at the age of 21 is pretty far fetch. Especially since you can smoke a cigarette at the age of 18. In Europe, you can buy a bottle of wine at the early age of 15 and not even get carded or questioned. A glass of wine at dinner is just a normal European thing. You shouldn't have to wait till you're 21 here. Especially since you can enroll in the military at the age of 18."
"If I'm an adult I should be able to drink and make my own decisions"
"If your old enough to go to war for your country,your old enough to drink."
"I'm 20 years old and I still think that the drinking age should be at 18. Alcohol is fine if you know how to handle yourself well. People are arguing about how teens are getting into car accidents and blaming them for being too young for alcohol. If they are too young for alcohol then they would be too young to own a gun at 18 as well. There are far more crimes that have to do with guns and other weapons then people who die because of drunk driving and/or a drunk driver."
"If i am allowed to server my country and risk my life over seas then i should be allowed to get a damn beer at a bar."
"I'm pro because you are considered an adult at 18, and people drink at 18 anyway, so there is nothing to lose."
"If you are old enough to die for your country, you are old enough to have a beer. I see no way this can be disputed with any kind of honor or integrity."
"It is not the governments job to save a person from themselves. If an ADULT (18) decides to go have a few beers that's his choice. I'm sick of government having their hands in everyone's pants. Get your paws away from me and dammit if I'm not going straight home and having a beer tonight!"
"Drinking alcohol alone is not dangerous (unless you consume too much) but driving is. So maybe instead we should raise the driving age and have more responsible drivers rather than have a drinking age since the main issue people have about lowering the drinking age is drunk driving. In Europe, the driving age is 18 and they have much less fatalities from drunk driving than in America. And the fact that the fatalities have decreased since the drinking age was raised does not mean that the making the drinking age 21 is the reason they have decreased. The most likely cause for the decrease in traffic fatalities is a combination of law enforcement, education, and advances in the automobile-safety technologies such as airbags and roll cages. So perhaps we should be raising more responsible drivers in America instead of fighting about when they can drink alcohol."
"If you can risk your life in battle you should be able to drink a beer. Thats why it should be lowered to 18."
"I served in the military for 27 years and the drinking age was 18 when I was 18 and it changed to 21 when I turned 21. NONE of my classmates were ever in accidents or killed because we were drinking. It doesn't matter if you are 18,21,31 or greater, it's just your personal standards and intelligience that make you do stupid things. It just bugs the hell out of me that I can't take a brother in arms that just got back from Iraq or any other area of combat out to the VFW for a beer because they are only 18 or 19. I've been with personnel that have a Purple Heart or Bronze Star and you can't toast them on still being around. I've been in countries with a lower drinking age and yes they have problems with a few individuals, but those are usually the individuals that you are going to have problems with no matter what the drinking age is. Most other countries don't have the binge drinking problem we have because they know the they don't have to sneak around or pound a few drinks in a short time. At the minimum, if you have served in the military and have an honorable discharge, you should be allowed the consume at age 18. Either that, or all 18 year olds should protest and get a referendom on the ballot to lower the age."
"Gots to lower the age !! Many low age kids are afraid that they are going to get caught drinking at a young age and fear of what consequences are. but if u lower it then u wouldnt have worry at all"
"If you are old enough for your mother to be handed a flag folded in a triangle as taps are playing, then you are old enough for a beer."
"Yes, It should be lowered to 18. You are old enough to vote, serve on a jury, and to join the military, but not old enough to drink. Something is wrong with this."
"Yes, for all the usual reasons....You can go into the military, get married, go to prison....18 you are an adult. Its ridiculous, plus I feel it has only made 18 yr olds binge drink. We should be teaching responsible drinking.. Take it back to 18 and let them go into a bar...they will only be able to afford 2 or 3 drinks at the most."
"if a person can fight and risk their life for our country, why cant they have a beer?"
"i think drinking age should be lowerd to 18 because you are a legal adult, and you are actually responsible too, why not change it to 18 years old"
"When people under the age 21 go to drink they cant to it at their own house so they drive to parties and they end up having to drive back home drunk. Lowering the drinking age would take more drunk drivers off the road because people wouldn't have to drive to get alcohol at parties."
"Just like the revenue that comes from tobacco sales, alcohol sales makes millions of dollars a year. If 18 year old were legally allowed to purchase, that would lead to even more money, thus stimulating the economy. The extra money being produced can go towards increased education (appropriate alcohol use for example) and even to a States highway funds, which is the main reason that states adopted the age 21 since they would lose their federal funding if they didn't. Everyone needs to start looking at the big picture here and take their biased opinions out of their a****. NO ONE SHOULD BE DRIVING DRUNK! Not every car accident is from a drunk person, let alone an underage person. Instead of trying to stop underage drinking as much, why not try to just stop drunk driving in general?? If no one drove drunk, regardless of age, would it really be as much of a problem then to lower the drinking age? To the people who are against lowering it, you should focus more on coming up with ways to lower and eventually stop drunk driving for people of all ages; not try to take away priviledges of 18 yr/o who are supposed to be "Adults". There is much more for me to explain and not enough space but thats just something to think about.."
"All the other arguements are injury related. Alcohol doesnt kill people, stupid people do."
"true, but if you drink and you get drunk, won't you become stupid? Is it so difficult to wait until your 21? isn't it possible for you to wait? lol the world won't end if you don't drink!"
"Teen' s are going to do it either way!"
"Alright now. when your 18 your an adult, the reason why people say it should stay 21 cause theres so many car accidents. You know the reason why there are so many accidents is becasue people abuse it like drive with it.. if your at home haveing a good time and your 18, i think you should be able to have it! amen."
"I think the age should be lowered to the age of 18 because that is when you can do what you want so why not drink to I mean it should be your choice when you are 18 and no one else's and that is what I think"
"y is it at 18 u can bye cigeretts but u cant get any alcohol? ur consided an adult at 18. not 21"
"I think the drinking age should be lowered because when you are 18 you are legally considered an adult."
"yo screw them cons!!! Alcohol all the Way!!! LET!S GET HAMMERED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"If a LEGAL adult is able to go fight, and die for their country, they should at LEAST have rights all other countries enforce. Drinking age should be at age 18. Simple as that. Just because the drinking age is 21, doesn't mean college- high school kids partake in it already!"
"Because drinking at a younger age will allow people to get use to alcohol. Then they will be able to hnadle themselves better with alcohol."
"The drinking age for President Obama was 18 when he lived in Hawaii. They changed it to 21 the year after Obama turned 21. Obama has been legally drinking since he was 18. I know this for a fact because I am a year younger then Obama and I lived in Hawaii during that time as well. Maybe he will be more likely to change the age. I believe that if someone is old enough to fight for their country they should also be old enough to legally drink!!"
"Because then people who are underage get raised/taught up with the ability to drink at "17-18" and not abuse the power."
"If an 18 year old can drive, smoke, and join the military, why should they not be able to have a drink? It seems that this law is just made to further control this age group."
"At the age of 18 you have the right to acquire cigarettes and also have the right to donate body fluids you should be allowed to drink at 18 as a right this country is so called free when you cant even have the choice to have a good time with your friends"
"I think that the drinking age should be lowered to 18 because in one point in history, it was and because many teens are drinking at 18 to break the law(which is somehow in teenager's crazy mind a way to be "cool"). If it is changed back to 18, less teens will try and be "cool" by breaking the law. Many teens start drinking around 18(when they go into college) because older students are doing it and again, its "cool". Another great reason to lower the drinking age is because more people would be purchasing alcohol, making the economy grow."
"7 i think the drinking age should be 7;)"
"The drinking age should be 20. that why is out of high school for the most part, and college students will be able to participate in certain social activities legally. 18 and 19 aren't too young, just gotta think about the high schools. and yes you could say well they can't bring it into school, but thats a load of BS they will, and it will expose younger children to it if not already exposed at home."
"I Believe it should be lowered because it would be beneficial to the economy by allowing more people to buy alcohol."
"Its going to happen anyways. There is no reason why it should be 21."
"evryone is worried about drinking and driving? thats what DWI's and the law is for let them get caught"
"If you are allowed to join the military when you are 18, you should be able to consume alcohol. If the drinking age was lower, teens wouldn't abuse it as much."
"I say EVERY 20 something year old should legally drink and the includes 20 year olds. I say lower it to one year. That way, all 20 somethings can go down to the pub and have a drink. I'm not so sure about 19 or 18 year olds. But There are American teenagers that can handle their liquor just as well if not better than Canadian and Mexican teenagers, who by the way, can legally drink in their respective countries. For example, Canadian provinces and territories have legally drink ages set to 18 and 19. So by the time anyone reaches their twenties they can legally drink. Clubs tend to be 19+ in Ontario for example, in comparison to New York (state) which is 21+. I found this to be appalling. I think as a responsible mature, 20 year old young adult (20 - 39 yr olds are young adults) you should be able to get a bottle of champagne or mimosa if you want by the time you celebrate your 20th birthday."
"Ok im 18 years old i have finished school i have a job, a car and a house. I mean there r times where i wanna go ou tand have a few drinks with friends and i cant because of the laws. They say teens r the ones getting in car recks and being immature when they drink. But if u have ever been to a party with ppl 21 and up its liek being at a bithday party with 5 year old."
"Plus drunk driving accidents happen no matter what age. So why blame the teenagers?"
"because if we pay taxes shouldnt we be equal"
"I JUST TURNED 18 AND JUST VOTED FOR ALOT OF CRAP BUT YET I CAN NOT SIT DOWN WITH MY BROTHER AND HIS FREINDS AND HAVE A DRINK OR TWO OF BEER IS CRAZY IF I CAN VOTE AND FIGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY I SHOULD BE ABLE TO DRINK WHEN I WANT TO"
"i know right we can go to war and get our butts blown up but we cant drink, REALLY"
"Voting FOR your country is a great thing to do. But there is no good that comes from drinking. In fact the only thing that comes from drinking is either, nothing, or something bad. Dying from drinking too much, getting drunk and making bad choices, drunk driving. Just to name a few. Why get so mad over not being able to do something that you get either nothing out of, or get hurt from? Unless you are one of the irresponsible who do not care what happens and just want to have 'fun'."
"you can serve your county but cant be served a beer. We can do so much at 18 but cant have a drink...."
"Because I live on the boarder of Canada and the US and can easily go across the boarder to legally drink in Canada with my friends any night of the week..."
"The fact is that young people drink. However becasue of the drinking age they are forced to drink without an adult to tell them how to drink and when to stop. By 21 most people have left the house so if we follow the law who will teach them right from wrong"
"If you are old enough to join the military and legally kill people (enemy soldiers) you are old enough to have a beer."
"if we do this then kids will learn when it is wright to drink and they will think more about the consequenses not only that but if kids can vote, smoke, and join the military then they should have the right to drink. so lets get ride of the legal age of 21 and make it 18 years old."
"I say yes because once you're 18 you are bacicly an adult. Kids need to learn to be more careful with drinking. most likely if it is made legal for an 18 year old to drink and could possibly lower the ammount of kids drinking illegaly."
"I am 19 years old and this upcoming August i leave for the marines. I believe it is unfair that we can fight for our country and DIE for our country but cannot drink? We need to change this!"
"By agreeing to lower drinking age i'm not saying for teens to go out and get drunk. But to be trusted to know what its like and to have responsibility to act age appropriate. I grew up in a house where my parents would let me have a little sip here and there, so when I was old enough its not such a big deal that i go wild child on it."
"People are doing it already, whats the point in stopping them? Atleast make it legal for safety procotions"
"Seriously, they should just sign the bill making it legal for 18 year olds to drink cause it is already happening the government is fighting a losing battle."
"How exactly is it keeping us safer by making it legal?"
"the teens drinking at ages 13 to 18 drink because they love the thrill of breaking the law and feeling mature about what they are doing. they also feel like nothing can get in their way in life because they know what they are doing is wrong."
"I think as parents we give our children guidance and knowledge of cause and effect. They don't follow instructors they receive a consequence, which is not much different than follow the law or go to jail. Home is thought to be a place where one can exercise one's freedoms-parents rear their children to become responsible functioning individuals in society. By not allowing our children to drink at 18 along with the power to vote, freedom to marry, choice of military service and all of the wonderful freedoms that come with being an "grown up" then we have been telling our children you still can't do this. What is the point of raising your children to be grown up when they still have limitations on their rights and freedoms?"
"I think this is an important topic because when you raise the age of drinking, people are going to break the rules. Why can't they drink alcohol. They can join the military for god sakes! If you pointed a gun at an 18 year old it can kill you faster than handing them a beer and celebrating their entrance into adulthood."
"I am pro because i am 18 years old and i want to get wasted everyday. It sucks not being able to..... legally."
"See, it's people like you that will cause the govt to never allow such a thing. Thanks. Idiots ruin it for everyone."
"I had to vote this down because it's promoting what the Cons want, but that was hilarious as hell."
"By turning 16 we are old enough to drive a car. By turning 18 we are considered "adults". That means we are able to buy a car, a house, a boat, we can buy a gun, we can marry, we can adopt children, and we can join the militairy. For many young people joining the "fight for our country" means death. But still we are not allowed to drink a beer until turning 21. That is ridiculous."
"you can't buy a handgun until age 21 and same with adopting a child"
"Based on both of the sides presented, I would agree that the m.l.d.a should be lower to 18 years old. First of all, I believe the legal drinking age should be lower to 18 years old because 18 is the age designated to entail the responsibilities of adulthood in the U.S. The adult responsibilities include, voting, jury duty, signing contracts, joining the military and being prosecuted as adults. I find it quite disturbing that so much is expected of an eighteen year old, yet allowing them to drink legally is a debate. Secondly, the drinking age should be lowered to teach adolescents to drink in moderation. The result of having the m.l.d.a of 21 means that adolescents are more likely to binge drink. Lastly, I believe that the minimum legal drinking age should be lowered to 18 years old because having the current m.l.d a of 21 does not seem to be very successful. There is potential to implement a better policy that will help society as a whole. An attempt to prohibit the consumption proved to be an absurd solution. The plan backfired because instead of eliminating alcohol consumption among society, many recruited to illegal activities as a means to have access to alcohol."
"i think it should be lowered to 18 because at that time you are considered an adult and at 18 you have to make your own dicisions. So yes it should be loward"
"If I can get join the military and go overseas and fight and die for my country, why can I not have a drink in my own home? If I'm old enough to be trusted with a weapon and the responsibility that comes with being in a military structure, then why can't I be trusted to drink sensibly? This inequality would be fixed by allowing members of the armed services to buy and consume alcohol upon enlisting."
"It is hard to 18-20 year old college students to turn down alcohol when other, older college peers are drinking and offering it to them."
"I think the age limit should be 18. because, being 18 is referred to as being an adult. adult=more freedom. this is one of those freedoms.!"
"People should stop making an issue about this.. One of the main things I think ignorant people should stop doing is saying yah lets go get plastered man.? Really? It's because of you we as 18 year olds cant drink."
"Make it 18 just to see how it is and if things are better, keep it 18, if not... then change it back. Easy as that."
"If it were changed back it would just create more problems and upset citizens. It's not "easy as that.""
"Oh my goodness... I say 18 should be the age for drinking and thats that. People should have there own say in what they want to do in there life right? If you don't think it should be 18 well thats your problem, get over it. More people vote for 18 anyways."
"I'm pro because if the federal government would just lower the drinking age they'd make more money. and teens are going to find a way to get alcohol no matter what the age is.. its easy.. so why not just give us the right to do it instead of us having to get other people to buy it for us? when we're 18 there shouldn't be one reason for us not too be able to buy it.. we can get married.. hell we can go into the army. but we can't drink? thats stupid.."
"In an 18 age drinking environment, if you or anyone else see an 18 or 19 or 20 year old person walking into a bar at 10:00, you can tell that person, "Hey, you have a drinking problem and you should do something about it now, you have a chance to recover. If you wait until you're 21. it may be too late to do anything about it. You or I cannot do that right now because the 21 law forces 18-20 year olds to go into hiding to drink. So we don't see them when they first have the problem."
"I'm in more of a compromise area. I think that the age should be lowered but not have it's openly available to high school students (some 12th graders are 18 in the summer going into their last year) This would make it legal for high school seniors to buy drinks, then illegally give it to people as young as 14 (should they only drink with high school students) perhaps 19 or 20?"
"Yes i think that 18 year olds should be able to drink Becasue if they can buy a rifle they should be able to drink since they are techincaly considerd adults they should be able to to what they want when they want."
"Let the drinking age be 18. Most people say you are not mature enough at 18 but i say if you don't have the common sense to drink responsibly then you shouldn't be allowed to drink period, end of story. Point is people are going to drink anyways whether they are 21 or 10 so there really is no harm in lowering the drinking age it all comes down to what they do with that privilege. Not everyone is going to act stupid with it but then again a lot of people are, but there is nothing no law that can do anything about that. Maybe one day alcohol can become an everyday beverage like water and not a drug that is sought out to have a good time."
"Our high drinking age gives us a different view on alcohol than other countries with lower drinking ages. In Germany, for example, they see alcohol as an everyday sort of thing. They have a beer with their lunch. And when I ate dinner with Swedes for two weeks straight, there was usually beer and dessert liqueur. But no one got drunk. I believe that the main cause for binge drinking here is because alcohol isn't as much a part of our culture as other countries. But on top of that, the high drinking age doesn't help. I feel that the drinking age should go by the state. In New York, if you're too intoxicated, there are subways. But down here, even in the capital of Texas where I live, everyone drives everywhere. High drinking age down here, lower up there. That's what I say."
"I believe the drinking age should be lowered with the addition of required alcohol education classes prior to age 18. I like the idea of a graduated drinking license similar to the graduated license for driving privileges. If an "of age" drinker is not responsible provide consequences. Let the responsibility for raising responsible drinkers fall on the parents not the government."
"I got married just two months nigh of my 21st birthday (I'm now 23, no kids, and happy as a clown). When I had my wedding, they let my husband (who was 24 at the time) drink, but refused to pour me a glass because of the drinking age. I hate alcohol, and I don't drink. I got that phase over with when I was fourteen years old and tried alcohol at a party. It made me feel extremely uncomfortable to, at my wedding, be told I was an irresponsible minor who was not allowed to drink alcohol. I moved out of my parent's home when I was 18 and dating my now-husband. We lived in an apartment for about a year, and after saving up made a down payment on a house. We've never made a late payment on any bills. In case you didn't get the picture by now, here it is: I was paying taxes, paying a mortgage, working full time, and had lived on my own for almost 3 years when I got denied the chance to drink champagne at my own wedding. Despite 18 being the emancipation age, people under 21 are still considered "minors" and need "parental consent". The law assumes people are living with their parents until then. Not everyone does that. It's a great inconvenience, makes no sense, and dampened the spirits of my wedding day. Get rid of it."
"I not only feel that the alcohol purchase age should be lowered to 18, but that a consumption age requirement should be completely eradicated. These laws don't work and they are incredibly invasive. Drinking has become worse in many colleges now that it has gone underground. When I do buy alcohol, I have to make sure the person at the register hasn't seen me talking to any minors because they assume that associating with minors means I will buy them booze. I'm 25, I've never had a DUI or car accident, only been drunk twice, and I've been drinking regularly since I was about 18 years old. You should never have to lie about who you associate with to purchase an item (which is what I have to do to purchase alcohol if I'm at the store with my 20-year-old brother who doesn't drink). You shouldn't have to be continuously inconvenienced because the government is obsessed with regulating every single thing in our lives. Furthermore, there is no unbiased, substantial evidence that proves the drinking age has actually helped anything. Many of the "facts" used to demonize underage drinking actually apply to alcohol in general and have no relation to age.Get rid of these alcohol regulations. Many people would appreciate it."
"Im a pro because if 71% of people drink alchohol by the age of 14 illigally, why shouldn't an 18 year old be able to drink legally?"
"If we can smoke at 18 we should be able to drink too!!!"
"Then how about this: we make both smoking and drinking completely illegal. That sounds like a good plan to me. And no I'm not a member of the Prohibition Party, those guys are religious extremists, I'm just a guy who can put two and two together and realize alcohol has had such a devastating impact on our whole society."
"@RebeccaIf you drink responsibly that shouldn't happen. Unfortunately, many people fail to do so, and the police force doesn't catch all of them.@DanielWe tried prohibiting the use of alcohol once; it was called, cleverly, Prohibition. It epically failed, because of the young people after WWI and then it created great opportunites for organized crime. In fact, the whole thing was a lot like communism and socialism; not a bad idea, just not one that's very effective or efficient....@LianeI agree whole-heartedly, even though neither options appeal to me. :)"
"when you smoke you can get in a car with out being stupid and hitting someone or something but you will if you have had a beer"
"I think that they should lower the drinking age because teens drink already and the law is not going to stop them. I feel that if they are in the safety of their home it should not be aginst the law to drink at the age 18. If they are paying a mortgage on their house amd taxes on their house what they do inside of it should not matter to the outside world."
"People aged 16 or over should be allowed to drink in public places because at 16 you can get married and there is usually alcohol at weddings. It's not fair to get married but not be allowed a drink at your own wedding."
"I agree with changing the law but 16? get real 18 and no lower..."
"This country passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act during a very conservative time in Congress. White southern protestants were determined to criminalize alcohol and successfully did so. If you go to Europe you will see twelve year olds drinking beer in a restaurant, and no one cares. These high drinking age laws are unconstitutional as they violate the Equal Protection Clause which guarantee that all Americans be treated the same. It's disgusting that alcohol is so criminalized in this country and the fact that people are even debating this issue as if leaving the age at twenty-one is fair is insane. If we're going to legalize marijuana then we need to first lower the drinking age to eighteen. I couldn't imagine being an eighteen year old soldier who is trusted with protecting our country against terrorists but is not allowed to have a beer with his buddies. It's mind-boggling. Anyone who protests against by citing auto accident statistics is sadly misinformed. Having the drinking age so unbelievably high just increases the measures that teenagers go to get their hands on alcohol. Auto accidents are worse now than they were in the 1980's."
"When you are an adult you make your own decisions. You are able to put your own life on the line for your country but you cant make the decision to drink or not. Its b.s."
"im pro because i wanna drink legally"
"I just want to post to get a lot of likes because people are being incoherent and not letting other ideeas into their mind"
"Once we are 18 we are considered an adult and should be treated like one and we are allowed to fight for the country, get married, get loans, vote and even buy tobacco whats the difference between tobacco and alcohol they are both harmful substances."
"There are many reasons I feel the MLDA should be lowered, which I could talk about for a long while, but the main thing that gets me is the fact that it's so easy for underage people to get alcohol regardless of the MLDA. My own mother buys me alcohol from time to time. If we'd focus on teaching children responsibility for their actions instead of blindly barring them form something potentially enjoyable, we wouldn't need to be having this debate in the first place. Furthermore, the top rated 'con' argument states that the commenter has seen and was involved in accidents related to underage drinking. Clearly, the MLDA didn't stop those from happening; they continue to happen regardless. The fact that there are some irresponsible individuals who feel it's okay to drink and drive should not prevent me, a responsible adult of almost twenty, from having a drink at a restaurant with some friends. Rather than enforcing some unreasonable rule, we should be focused on teaching responsible drinking."
"If we're old enough to go to war then we should be old enough to drink."
"if you can iegally buy a pack of smokes then you should be able too crack a cold one too"
"if you can fight for your country at the age of 18 then you should be able to crack open a beer legally before you go."
"if you can get married and join the military you should be able to have a few beers."
"I do believe there could be some exceptions made for our military personnel, if they are old enough to go and fight for our country I believe they should have the right to drink. I am sorry but I have thought that for a long time, some of these soldiers might not make it to their twent-first birthday God forbid."
"I am pro because if people are old enough to go out and fight for our country they should be old enough to legally drink. Therefore I believe that a eighteen year-old should be allowed to drink."
"Teens will always want to drink. Lowering the minimum age would teach them that it is okay to drink. As long it is under control."
"There should be no minimum age. It is a matter of personal liberties. Let parents decide when their children are prepared to drink. If an 18 year old can jump out of a plane for the US military, I think he can handle an alcoholic beverage."
"If it was lowered, more teenagers wouldn't think it's "cool" because it's illegal. The drinking in teens would go down."
"i agree that the drinking age should be lowered to at least 18"
"I believe that every state should have an adendum to the drinking age specific for military. If young men and women have signed up to serve our country and can risk their lives for ours (if we believe what they are fighting for is right or not) I will be the first person to by that young man or woman a Beer no matter the age 17-99+. Although our minds do not reach maturity until our early twenties if you will die for me and my children you should be able to go have yourself a BEER, or even a shot of whiskey if you want!!!"
"Those who say that a lower drinking age causes more fatal car crashes should consider this:Germany is quite possibly the most permissive society in the world with regards to drinking. You are legally allowed to drink from the age of 14 (with parents, at 16 may drink alone, 18 for distilled spirits). Drinking is public is likewise permitted. However, the rate of car crash fatalities is half of what it is in the United States. What is different?- drunk driving laws more strict- driving age is 18 (and driving license is more difficult to obtain)- better public transportation- kids have 4 years of experience understanding effect of alcohol before they become a driverAmericans always argue out that our kids more irresponsible and less mature than European kids. If our kids our irresponsible, it is because we don't give them responsibility. In order for someone to behave like an adult, you must treat them like an adult, like the Germans do. If you treat them like a baby, they will act like a baby, like the Americans do."
"I feel as though the adults are uneducated and have no idea what they're defending, i dont know a single person at age 18 that would consider driving, sure its bad for our brains and smells bad and makes us fat, i say if it gives me confidence about my small penis, we should most definitely lower it america"
"I'm for lowering the drinking age in the US. I'm 20. I have consumed alcohol in the past illegally multiple times, and have turned it down even more times. To be honest, I don't care much for it. Yet, the night clubs out here recently became uniformly 21+. The high drinking age and paranoia that goes with it makes me into a legal liability to them. I'm legally and physically an adult, yet it is somehow construed to be their responsibility if I drink in their establishment. I never have, and I unfortunately missed the chance to even set foot in said establishments before they changed their policies a couple months ago.So here I am. I can drink any time I want. No one's going to care. I can get drunk right here at home and then hop in a car and head off into town. But once I'm there, if I knock on the door of a local dance venue, they aren't going to let me in because some wicked bartender could take advantage of poor little me and give me evil demon alcohol and then how would that make them look?It bothers me. Alcohol can do bad things to people. Cigarettes can do bad things to people. But instead of real solutions, we get half-hearted restrictions like this. And now, decades later, I can't go out clubbing. Silliness."
"Two things need to be done: The first is to create a federal mandate of raising the driving age to 18. It's reasonable to say that a impaired 16 year old sounds a lot scarier than an 18 year old one. Take away that privilege for another 2 years, and perhaps that urge to get alcohol may lessen. The second thing would be to beef up education for alcohol in our schools. We already have inundated society with tobacco awareness, it would only make sense to do it for alcohol as well."
"people do it anyway"
"drinking is fun"
"Your an adult at 18.You should be allowed to drink"
"yes i do ...should be at18"
"I am 18, Atheist, celibate, and make straight As in AP courses with no effort. I see life as maximizing potential happiness and minimizing potential sadness. My IQ, or mental age, is 144.Substances, when used responsibly and in moderation, will cause a net-gain in happiness. I do enjoy drinking, smoking cannabis, and even abusing the Adderall I have been prescribed for ADHD (of which I frequently take 1-2 week breaks from in addition to staying off it on the weekends to compensate for building tolerance and staving off dependence, and even then I have been mentally strong enough to resist greater temptations in the past). I do not find pleasure in either sex or objects of vanity. Pleasure is found in infrequent substance use.Why should I, a man of such a high mental age, so educated on the chemistry of these substances and far more capable of analyzing the studies surrounding these substances than those in office, who has never been irresponsible with substance use, be prevented from using them because of the minority that do? And why should I be prevented from using them so I can become more productive for society, a society I dislike? Why should someone else, of lower intelligence than I, make decisions for me?"
"at 18 you can really do anything.. you're tried as an adult. so really you should be able to drink if you choose. yes, people make mistakes, but really when you think about it people will do it anyways so whats the point? kids go out of there way to find parties and drink. the law is just to make certain people feel good and safe about underage drinking, while really it should just be the parents choice on allowing the kid."
"I agree that drinking age should be lowered. As when i was 18, i think i'm a sdult and can do anything myself,including drinking. And even my parents don't agree, i drank with my friends when we met outside."
"Men at 18 are put on the draft list &[Some Men & Women join too] if theres a war they are given weapons to fight for your Country Well then they should be able to drink The DWI laws are tougher now which is discussed & made aware of while your obtaining your license"
"I am for the drinking age being lowered. It's just like the article said, people at the age of 18 can do almost everything when they turn 18 legally, so why not let them drink. I don't think that they would even need to be supervised because i am pretty sure that them as young adults can handle how much they drink. It really wouldn't even matter if the drinking age is lowered anyway because they drink in secret already. But if the law was passed they could do it out in the open like the older people. Like I said they can handle their self."
"yes it should because 18 is the age of adulthood"
"An 18-year-old is considered an adult is the US and should be treated as such."
"The current legal age for the consumption and purchasing of alcohol in America is in conflict with the rights that an American citizen possesses. The minimal legal drinking age (MLDA) should be changed to 18 years old. This change would be beneficial to the safety of young adults by making drinking something they don't have to hide. MLDA 21 doesn't serve the purpose it was designed to fulfill by preventing underage drinking and decreasing traffic fatalities due to drinking. I am for changing the drinking age to 18."
"I think you should change the drinking age to 18,because thats when you become an adult"
"Although I do see some of the benefits to the drinking age being 21, I also see alot of flaws and misleading statistics. At age 18 you are an adult in the eyes of the law and can be tried as an adult in court. This means that the government deems us mature enough to understand our actions and thier consequences. Yet the drinking age is 21 because we are not "mature" enough and our brains aren't developed enough to decide whether to have a drink or not? This to me is a contradiction. If we are old enough to be treated and tried as adults at 18, we should be given the adult right to make decisions which in my opinion should include the choice to drink or not."
"if its legal , that takes the fun out of it and there wouldnt be so much underage drinking. the age should go down to 18 just like for tobacco. at that point they are adults and need to decide for themselves."
"One topic my friends and I are just at a loss with, and we talk about it all of the time. At the age of 18, we are given many various privileges that legally make us adults. It doesn't take a brain surgeon with a PhD to know that underage drinking occurs each and everyday; we all know it happens everywhere we go. Not every single 18 year old person is going to have the same maturity level as somebody else, but my parents raised me CORRECTLY. Sadly, there are always people who are less fortunate with care-free parents, and they were never taught me anything. If I am smart enough to vote in political leaders, take college loans out, and even have the freaking right to fire a fully-loaded carbine, and risk my life in the "hell-like" area of a war-zone in the United States military, then why can I not be trusted with a nice, cold beer while I watch football on Saturdays and Sundays, or perhaps be able to party once in a while in the comfort of a friends house to let off some steam? Perhaps if the legal age was down to 18, college kids wouldn't be scared to death by calling 911 for one of their buddies who drank too much, as we all have or will do sometime in our lives (how else do we know our tolerance level?)"
"you can smoke cigarettes at 18. You can get lung cancer from them. i think you should be able to drink at 18 for this reason. Also, you are an adult at 18. You can serve in the army, buy a house, get married, and serve in a jury. What if i get married at 18, am i not allowed to have a toast with some champagne? That is ridiculous."
"i believe that any age above 12 should be able to drink under supperfision because it may be apart of ur religion and it may help with stress, nerves, and emotional problems"
"I'm very much for lowering the drinking age for the simple reason that if a young man (or woman) is capable of signing their life to military service for the government and die in combat they have a right to drink a beer."
"It would lower the arrest count and highten the economy with more spenders."
"honestly, when your 18 you are considered to be a legal adult, you can fight for your country, get married, pay taxes, adopt, and be legally tried as an adult, so why can you drink like one? It's your own life, feel free to be as stupid, or as smart about it as ou choose. Alot of 21 year olds are not very mature as it is, so changing the drinking age to 18 can promote things like stores, and clubs which would deffinantly make more jobs WHICH is what the economy should really be focusing on at this point."
"If they dont want to adopt a lower mlda than 21, I am a firm believer and making the age of being an actual adult to 21. At 18 I deployed to iraq came back at 20, couldn't legally drink or hold a pistol, but there's no moral code for sending 18 year olds off to combat. All I ask for is a standard"
"The fact that the drinking age has been raised to 21 has done nothing to change the fact that teens drink and break the law. This WILL always be the case. In our current society many teens and even those who are younger are in a great hurry to grow up by having sex, doing drugs (both tobacco and other drugs), and drinking. The view of these teens will not change in the face of any national law because they have been influenced by our own society.Another argument I present is that the legal smoking age in many states is 18. I ask, if you are old enough to scorch out your lungs by smoking, risking your life in the military, risk dying in a car crash (because drunk driving is only ONE cause of fatal car crashes), enter the work force, attain a college degree, adopt children, purchase property, sign contracts, serve jury duty, and vote is it really that unreasonable to be able to purchase an alcoholic beverage in a bar or restaurant? 18 year olds are not that much less mature than their 21 year old counterparts who also partake in many illegal activities. Drinking only damages them as much they would any older person. The law only limits business, encourages breaking the law, and is a clear government overreach of power."
"i think yes because 18 is the legal age to vote, join the military and start a full time job."
"In most places in Europe there is no age... kids on europe aren't brought up to see alcohol as a big deal, so they don't drink soooooo much"
"We all agree that "adults" (as they call themselves," we are responsible", Ya sure you just keep on thinking that. We do the opposite of wat u tell us so if u make a rule TIGHTER were gunna do it more unless were not idiots or unless we dont hate whoever tells us not 2 as much as others do others. If u slack on it the more people would do it then either get grossed out (smart response), get hooked even if they dont want to, or just keep on."
"I'd say yes because at 18 years old people should know better and your technically an adult so to speak you can make your own decisions."
"If you want to keep the drinking age at 21, then the voting age should also be 21. Also, no one under the age of 21 who is in the military should be deployed to a war zone."
"At the age of 18 in America one is considered to be an adult. 18 year olds can join the armed forces, vote, and even make educational/medical decisions. To have the age 21 be the legal drinking age is being inconsistent in the way of being able to do everything at 18, but not being able to have an alcoholic beverage. Government needs to make the change."
"Alcohol tastes good and you can get drunk"
"For some reason this country seems to think if it bans things from a certain group they simply won't do it -- marijuana, alcohol for under 21s, etc. It just isn't the case. Instead of making 18-20 year olds feel like second class citizens, educate them in high school; make it a mandatory class. Make them take a test about the dangers of alcohol and pass it before they can buy. Simply telling them don't drink ever, it's against the law clearly isn't doing anything for anyone. Educate, don't prohibit...you think they would've learned that in the 20's."
"Either lower the drinking age or raise the voting age."
"at 18 years old you are an adualt you could smoke but you cannot have a drink that does not make sense i think you should drink at 18 and not smoke. also if at 18 i could join the military and fight for my country but i cannot have a drink."
"i think lowering the drinking age to 18 would be the best choice because you are technically an adult."
"I believe the MLDA should be lowered to 18 years old, because at 18 years of age, you are considered an adult. You can buy a car, get married, join and serve in the military, and smoke cigarettes. You don;t need parental consent to do any of those. Therefore, you should be able to consume alcohol with having parental consent."
"It's pretty ridiculous that an 18 year old can go to war, pay taxes, and even vote for the country's next leader, but can't enjoy a beer. All this did was send underage drinking underground, where it can't be easily monitored, like at a bar or a college mixer. It created a "forbidden fruit" aspect for alcohol, where as soon as an underage gets some, it's pretty much gone in minutes. Instead of blaming the easy target, how's about we really blame those who are responsible- parents. Parents need to teach their children about the dangers of alcohol, but also that alcohol can be consumed in moderation- IT'S NOT EVIL. Also, it was a violation of state's rights to be bullied by the Federal Government like they were. Lording highway funds over a state isn't the American way of getting people to follow."
"because its so discriminating and unfair to be able to do everything but drink at age 18. and you are also responsible for your actions and consiquences at age 18 and the gov shouldnt have control over that"
"It is actually quite insulting that many people who are against lowering the drinking age argue eighteen-year-olds are not "responsible" enough to handle alcohol. This nation has decided that eighteen-year-olds are responsible enough to go fight and die in a war, to sign legal contracts, to rent hotel rooms, to get married, to vote in elections -- of course there are irresponsible people, but those people don't suddenly "become" responsible when they turn 21. It's an insult to young adults (and we ARE adults) to ban us from drinking like any other adults. I, for one, would like to be able to have a glass of wine with friends over dinner or to drink champagne at a wedding. That's hardly irresponsible. Not every person in their teens is running out to get wasted every night -- if that's their intention, you'd better believe they are doing it whether it's legal or not. Furthermore, the argument that lowering it once means they'll want to lower it again, to sixteen or seventeen or whatever, is bull, because it WAS eighteen in years past, and this country decided that eighteen-year-olds were legal adults. ALL LEGAL ADULTS DESERVE THE SAME RIGHTS. Laws that require citizens to be 21 are discriminatory and unjust. And that's that."
"Your opinion makes more sense to me than anybody else's, and I'm Pro lowering the MLDA to 18."
"I am 18. I do not want to risk getting in trouble so i will wait till i am 18 to drink. Although what many people may not know is that you can bartend at 18. I have been drunk once. hated the feeling and wont do it again. I do not currently have the money to move out on my own, but hope to do so in the next coupe of years. I would just like the ability to on a rough day to take the edge off with a cigar and a nice glass of wine on my back porch. yeah, some under the age of 18 will kill people in crashes, but that is life. I do not want anyone to die just as much as the next person, but I believe that when it is your time to die. You will be killed. At 18 we are intrusted with firearms that can kill people sober or drunk, but we aren't intrusted with alcohol that we have to get into a 2 ton vehicle to be dangerous in. Also, if it was legal, bartenders are trained to make sure people do not get too drunk, and to limit drinkers in hidden ways (ever wondered why after a few it takes your waiter longer to make your drink). Also, it is not socially accepted to be belligerently drunk in public which also regulates it. The whole underage thing relative because of what the age is."
"lowa da drinkin age"
"I think that the legal drinking age should be lowered because there are plenty of responsible young "adults" and a couple drinks arent gonna harm them. when your 18 arent you supposed to be an adult? so why not let us do adult things like drink..."
"If you can die for your country, you should be able to drink. All of Europe, to my knowledge, is 18 the difference is, we don't raise our kids to respect driving as a privilege and we overlook DUI's. Many 18 yo in the USA don't have a concept of being "responsible". This is the growing trend to let the state or Government raise the kids. And the government use the blackmail technique of 'witholding' needed monies to 'get what they want'. They have done it before and will do it again. Kids need to know what common sense it, and that it can be their fault! We don't teach driving along the lines of Europe does, where it's explained how to drive in different condition and that you DON"T in any circumstance drive after taking anything that will restrict your mental functions, as Alcohol. Just watch some of these 'court' shows, when a car is loaded to them and they crash it, it's who loaned it to them that's responsible, not them for driving it into a tree! Kids today either have to work to get hurt or they sue anyone who gave them a change to get hurt. It's the mindset not the age."
"The legal drinking age being at 21 does nothing to prevent teen drinking. It forces binge drinking and irresponsible behavior. Kids are not able to casually have a glass of beer or wine, so the situations in which they drink involve drinking as much as possible. And when they drink too much, their peers don't call for medical help for fear of legal punishment.Teens cannot start drinking with and learning good habits from their parents, because its illegal. Instead, they go to college, get away from their parents for the first time, and go absolutely crazy. A lower drinking age, and allowing underaged drinking in the company of guardians would allow teens to learn good drinking habits in a safe environment."
"It is said that drinking in moderation even for younger teens is ok and will not harm you. It is actually healthy for you. By lowering the age you also prevent some binge drinking from happening making it safer for younger people to drink. I also believe that if you are old enough to go across the world to fight for the country that puts those rules into place "to protect us" then I think we can handle a little bit of alcohol if you can get shot at and maybe killed and kill other people."
"age isn't the problem when it comes to drinking. i keep reading that you people think that its only kids who make the bad choices. sure, if you take away the right to drink alcohol kids are going to find another way to get their hands on it. that's where it becomes unsafe. but the truth that you all are obviously blind to is that adults are just as reckless when it comes to drinking. it just depends on the person. maybe drinking isn't for you. thats fine, but don't ruin it for the rest of us."
"I feel that if I am old enough to serve my country in the military, marines, national guard ect. then I should be ale to drink a beer if I want too."
"yo this drinkin age is wack. i'm almost 18 so ya'll need to hurry up and change this law so i can get hammered. i'll be able to vote and i am joining the army, so why am i mature enough to do all that but not drink. ya'll better get right. I'm tired of having to use my fake id to get alcohol but more than anything i am tired of my friends bothering me and making me go out of my way to supply to them so please hurry up and pass this law so we can get plastered and have a good time."
"I am a 46 year old male and I was allowed to drink when I was 18, but I didn't because I had the choice to drink, that was my choice, I didn't have anyone telling me that I couldn't drink. When you tell someone that they can't do something, they are more likely to do it anyway. You send your kids off the college and tell them not to drink but they will drink because you can't be with them to parent them. Everyone else is drinking. I just think that lowering the drinking age to 18 would be a smart thing because I believe that it would reduce binge drinking. You are an adult at 18 and should be considered as one."
"Ok im doin a report at school about underage drinking i think it should be ok cuz i mean if ur 18 and can buy cigs then y the heck cant u buy achool?"
"18 year olds can do so many different things: drive, vote, die for our country, get married, be sentenced to death, sentence someone to death, and even run for public office and they can't even have a glass of wine!"
"Im 17 years old, you are considered grown at 18. You can buy tobacco, fight for this country, get married,take in a child. So why would having a drink at 18 be a problem. Some say its more of a high chance for you to become addicted thats not technically true. You can also become addicted at 21 because kids wait all their lives to become that age and bout' time they do, that night of their 21st birthdays they lose their minds, drink uncontrollably and make irrational decision. 21 is only 3 years apart from 18 if you "Adults" believe that 21 year olds are mature, you need to get your uptight butts up and go to a college party or frat./sorority party, or even just a 21 year olds birthday night and remind me again of why you believe the age is best set at 21."
"i am pro because the age of adulthood is 18 so adults should be able to make there own decissions and it would drop the urge for new college students to break the current drinking laws and when they got out of college they would be done with ther ebinge drinking years and would not be hung over going to work"
"i dont think there is any problems with drinking underage(18). it depends on how responsible you are with drinking. i think that you shouldn't drink and drive no matter what age you are because we are all bound to get in a crash while under the influence. but drinking with some friends is perfectly fine. and if you get a little to drunk at a bar or friends house and dont have a ride home, than you can call a taxi or call a friend or family member to come get you."
"i think the drinking age sould be lowered to 18 because if you are able to serve alcohol at 18 why cant you comsume it. With the new drinking laws in Wisconsin you can be at the bar with your parents at any age under 18 and drink with them, but if you are 18-21 you cant be in the bar with your parents because you are consindered a legal adult"
""I'm 19 I'm a responsible drinker. It has always been part of my culture to drink but responsibly and know your limits. The health benefits of alcohol (in moderation)which many people don't know about. Europe has a higher life expectancy for multiple reasons. A.Alcohol in moderation can increase life expectancyB.Lowers the risk for cardiovascular disease C.Reduces chances of diabetes(don't believe me go google it)In most countries in Europe the drinking age is 16 and is also part of there culture. There Driving age 18 therefore making responsible drinkers before responsible drivers. Also Europe has less accidents per year then America does in Motor Vehicle accidents. On top of all this being 18 you can do everything but drink it gives people under the indication "oh well your not a complete adult yet" when you can fight for your country, marry, live on your own, buy tobacco products, ect ect. European standard of drinking is way more convenient."
"i am a teen that thinks drinking age should be lowered so there are less unsupervised partys"
"i think it should be lowered, the support on the pros sside is very detailed and has very good reason to back it up. there is great reasons for this to be passed"
"yes if a person can vote at the age of 18 that is the most responsible thing in this country and have every responsibility of its own life then why not drinking? i think that MLDA should be 18."
"THE NUMBER OF DRUNK DRIVING CAR ACCIDENTS SINCE THE NATIONAL MINIMUM DRINKING AGE OF 1984 HAS LOWERED IN ALL AGE GROUPS AND JUST AS MUCH AS CANADA'S HAS, WHERE THE DRINKING AGE IS 18"
"If you can fight and risk your life for your country at 18 then you should definitely be able to come home and enjoy a beer."
"Look... There are clearly more people who would rather have the drinking age lowered to 18. So why not just give the people what they want? I not THAT big of a deal."
"Personally, I think that if someone dies in a drunk driving accident is one less stupid person in the world."
"Quite frankly I don't think the state has any business telling me at what age I can drink alcohol. That should be up to my parents. You can only hurt yourself by drinking. Conversely, I dont' think that the legal driving age should 16...it should be 18. A 16 year old should not be in a position where they can cause harm to others. They prove this to me OVER AND OVER AND OVER"
"I agree with you that the government telling us what we can or cannot do, like drinking at the age of 16 is showing us that they think that EVERYONE is dumb enough to drink irresponsibly."
"I've seen first-hand how "adults" (people over the age of 21) can act when they consume alcohol. It is evident that the affects of alcohol are the same in every age group. With that being said, it is pointless to be able to smoke a cigarette (which kills more people annually than alcohol) but not be able to drink a beer."
"Allowing 18 year olds to drink alcohol in all 50 states would greatly benefit America. Not only would it help in teaching teens to drink responsible, it would most importantly take alcohol off of the pedestal that the US government has put it on."
"I feel that the alcohol age should be lowered to 18 because if you are an adult, than you should be able to handle yourself and be responsible with how much you drink. Also if it is lowered to 18, people under 21 will not feel the thrill of breaking the law which is why a lot of kids are underage drinkers. They like to feel cool and that they are breaking the law. I feel whether the law stays that you must legally be 21 to drink or lowered to 18, you will always have teenagers drinking no matter what you do. Some stores even sell to minors, it may be more money but it still happens and theres nothing anyone can do about it, so why not just lower the drinking age? With becoming an adult comes responsibility and no matter what there will be those that are not responsible. Even at the age of 21 we have those crazy people that can't handle themselves."
"I am a taxpaying law abiding adult that is under 21. No other tax paying law abiding adult should have the right to claim rights for themselves and deny them to me. It's none of their concern what i do with my own body."
"drinking is a serious thing and should not be played with but teens do considr drinking early because of the wait to 21 so i think it should be lowered"
"i think it should be to lower the criminal activity from stealing beer and other things its the childrens parents fault if they let them"
"Not entirely true. It's not always the parents' fault if their kids are committing crimes such as drinking illegally and stealing from stores or even from them. It might be the parents' fault for not teaching their kid the right life ethics."
"I can only say if the country indicates that at 18 you are old enough to vote, marry, smoke (just as bad if not worse for you than drinking) and enlist (a maybe die for your country) then you should be able to have a drink with your parents and/or peers. I do not believe the US should have double standard of adulthood. You are either at full majority age at 18 for all or 21- which I am sure the US gov't would not like too much as it would seriously reduce numbers eligible for military."
"I feel that if, at 18, someone can get married, vote, buy tobacco, and volunteer to fight and die for this country, they should also be able to buy and drink alcoholic beverages. I previously worked at a nightclub where, at one point, they allowed 18-20 year olds into the establishment. We had one major headache to deal with. Every weekend, at least one 18-20 year old tried to buy and drink alcohol. The city where the bar is located, they have since banned anyone under 21 from entering any bar/nightclub within the city. The way I look at it is, the harder the government tries to keep 18-20 year olds from drinking, the harder they will try to get it and drink. If certain states allow 18-20 year olds to drink under whatever conditions, why not do that nationwide? In Mexico, it's safer to drink beer/wine/liquor than it is to drink the water. This is because Mexico's water purification system is almost non-existent."
"Most countries in Europe have lower drinking ages, like Germany at 16. They are responsible however because if you drive drunk once you lose your license, different from America. You don't lose it for a month, you don't lose it for a year, you lose it for the rest of your life. It may seem harsh, but it brings responsibility to my peers in Germany and the rest of Europe and they have less drunk driving and less deaths from it than here in America where you lose your license for only a certain number of years and we have a higher drunk driving rate and more fatalities. To save lives, increase the penalty and lower the age."
"What is there to say that hasn't already been said? Pushing it underground, serving in the military, etc. etc. My biggest gripe with the law is that it's age-discrimination against a certain group of adults (yes, the law views 18+ as adult in every other facet of the law). Even if it does save lives on the highway, that's not a good enough reason for the law; that's just the price we pay for a free society. We could outlaw driving altogether and many lives would be saved, but we don't because we value our freedoms. Of course the general population is in support of the law, because they're not the ones harmed by it. Put yourself in the shoes of an 18-20 year old, however, and the law is completely unfair! Why should people who aren't affected by the law get to vote on the rights of other people? What if, all of a sudden, we just decided to make it illegal to drink between the ages of 50-53? All of the arguments that are made of keeping the drinking age at 21 can be applied here--drinking and driving accidents for that age group would decrease by a comparable amount, fewer people would die, etc. Everyone, besides 50-53 year olds, would be happy. But we don't do that because it's A FREE SOCIETY in which rights are paramount."
"Yeah Lets all just die to drink NOT..........."
"i think the MLDA shoud be lower because if kids want to drink that is their choice and the sould be able to do that. it shouldnt matter what the government says about it it will just be done anyways. i think they should just lower it to 16 and leave it be"
"I think the Drinking Age shouldnt be 21..I think it should be 18..Thats when you are a leagal adult. So it should be 18."
"No If the age is 18 there would be more car accidents. and more stupid people drinking and driving"
"Even if you are not completely developed at eighteen, you are developed enough to make your own decisions. Society expects for one to fulfill at age eighteen all legal adult responsibilities - registering for the draft, paying for taxes, being subject to prosecution as an adult, and countless others. It is only equitable and logical to also extend to them all legal privileges of adults. As long as one doesn't drive or act violently, drinking alcohol underage is a victimless crime. As the owners of their own bodies, adults have a right to make poor health decisions if they so choose. Unwavering prohibition of teen drinking forces the activity underground, where there is no instruction and no supervision of consumption. If more realistic attitudes and policy toward drinking were adopted, consumption would occur in bars and at family dinners, rather than at wild and secret teenage parties. Prohibition is ineffective, morally wrong, and incredibly hypocritical and unfair. As many of the con commentors see fit to moralistically condescend to us hedons, I would like to add that at 17 I drink much more measuredly than many of my friends in their twenties, who fail to pace themselves or stay hydrated, and often have DUI records."
"I think that what happens when a person is drinking depends on the person. We get all these statistics of underage drinking and resulting accidents. Nobody makes a statistic of the people who drink and don't act like morons. There are tons of people who drink underage and don't do anything stupid."
"I think the drinking age should be lowered to the age of 18. When you are at the age of 18, you are considered an adult. You can do mostly anything but drink. If you are going to be considered an adult with adult responsibilites you should be aloud to have the responsibilites to drink. the biggest thing that bothers me is if you are able to join the military and risk your life at the age of 18, i think you should be able to earn yourself a drink. everyone does it, majority of teens drink regardless might as well make it legal!"
"As a college student I binge drink on the weekends because I'm not allowed to drink anywhere else. I do love alcohol and would like to go to a bar and taste some beer on tap or a bartender-made drink. If the drinking age was 18 years old I know of many college students who wouldn't be in trouble with the law right now or injured due to over-consumption of alcohol. It would take the thrill out of drinking and teens would definitely drink more responsibly as a whole."
"The current alcohol laws are not effective. Just look at other cultures. The underage binge drinking culture won't change quickly but we have to start somewhere. 21 is too high. The law does absolutely nothing on college campuses. I'm not saying drop the age to 18 immediately but something has to change. Make it 19 to cut down on alcohol use in high school or maybe make the drinking age for beer lower but keep the spirits age at 21. I believe the federal law should allow for underage drinking with parental consent and supervision. People argue that drunk driving is related to the drinking age, why not make the drinking age or 30, 40, 50 or ban it altogeth to cut down on the drinking age? The age is not the problem, it is the culture. People are worrying about the short term effects of changing the drinking age but we need to think about the long term. I can guarantee underage drinking & driving accidents are far higher here than in any other country. Think about the long term. Maybe initially there would be an increase but over the course of years we could have far less annual deaths as the culture changes. Think about future generations. Make first time dui offenses for 18-21 more strict and educate early."
"I think the Drinking Age should be lowered because the temptation of being a "Rebel" kinda leaves. Yeah there are other ways to be one, however drinking can be fun only when done responsibly. My mom Taught me how to properly drink at 15 knowing that in my later years of High School I would be faced with such situations. I don't see anything wrong with it. Unless you're going to be stupid about it. So as a 17 year old Who's witnessed Stupidity among my peers I only accept drinking when done responsibly."
"The number of arrests of young drinkers will go down"
"I chose the PROs because changing the MLDA to 18 years of age would lower underage drinking and 18 is the age of adulthood you should be able to make your own choices."
"I honestly think that its stupid if you gotta be 21 to drink it should be like 16 17 or 18 come on us yound people wanna have fun and that invalves drinking (sometimes) if you could do many other things at 16 17 or 18 why cant you drink you are an adult at that age and learn about responsibilities."
"I think it should be lowered because, at 18, people are allowed to smoke cigarettes, and cigarettes are probably worse to the body than alcohol, a lung is very difficult to grow in a laboratory, much less for you to survive the procedure of taking one cancerous lung out, and one lung in, and besides, the liver is the most regrowable organ, the only thing it will cost you is a very pretty penny if you don't have health insurance."
"I would say the drinking age should be lowered to eighteen because if a citizen in the United States can join the military at age seventeen and learn to use a firearm and be trusted with one, why aren't "legal adults" at the age of eighteen a loud to drink alcohol? I know if I was in the military serving my country at the age of nineteen or twenty, I'd like to be able to come home and enjoy a few beers with family and friends. We are able to buy cigarettes at the age of eighteen which are addictive and can cause a lot of long term problems. If someone uses cigarettes to relax or just cure anxiety, alcohol can do the same thing. We are considered adults at eighteen, so why aren't we treated like adults?"
"The fact that I personally will be done with college before I even turn 21 is stupid. Its also stupid that im paying my own bills for my own place, my own car, credit card, raising my newborn baby, and maintaining a healthy marriage, but yet I still can't do something as simple as have a have a beer with my dad or go on a girls night out with my mom without having to cheat the system. For the people that are responsible its not fair that others abuse privileges."
"because it is illegal kids are just going to drink because its a risk so by lowering the drinking age they will drink cause they can then relize that its not as fun as it was before and the abuse will lower"
"it may be cool to have a low drinking age to 16 to drink and 18 to pay for it"
"well the thing is if you able to join the military you should be albe to have a beer. im going to be joining the military soon and im not 21 if i can be shot at with a rpg i should be able to have a beer my god this is all because of our stupid gay ass president Obama he should not be in office my god dude. im saying that we should be able to have a beer if were 18 when we are considered adults."
"I think it is a joke for the drinking age to be 21 it does notstop the drinking anyway, they should lower it to 18 and raisethe age to get your driver license to 21 years old, and than you would not have to worry about accidents."
"In the entire world only 10 countries have a drinking age over 18. Furthermore there is no movement in these countries to raising the drinking age. That should tell you right there that they don't see it as a big problem. I went to university in France. There simply wasn't the binge drinking there that there is in the USA. At college parties both soft and alcohol drinks were offered. About 1/3 of the invitees chose soft drinks. That would be unheard of at a college party in the USA."
"Active duty military, and I wasnt going to post here but I read something that needs to be addressed. While military installations follow the laws of their host countries. They can and a lot do issue intructions forbidding drinking by anyone that is not 21. I only ask that if you are going to comment about military installations in foreign countries please know the facts. I think the legal age should be lowered to 18 if my brothers and sisters in arms are old enough to serve their country and in some cases give their lives in support of it then they should be legally allowed to enjoy a beer. Sorry but in my opinion y'all are wrong binge drinking can be prevented with proper guidance and education from the parents. Lack of interaction from parents is the problem with our youth today. Don't blame the kids for their parents lack of parenting or poor parenting."
"Just because many people arent mature enough to handle a couple of beers doesnt mean that drinking should be illegal. and if you think it should stay higher then obviously you either have a drinking problem or your an over protective parent and are too busy on this blog when your kids are out getting hammered..... lower it and life would be perfect again"
"I strongly disagree with you that anyone reading this has a drinking problem or is an overprotective parent. Are you getting hammered right now, because I'm pretty sure I'm not right now?"
"I think it should be lowered because then there would be a decrease the number of teens in jail for underaged drinking, plus it would make college more fun!"
"18 is the age where your counted as a adult. I think we should be able to do what we want at 18. If we get into trouble then thats our fault. Thats OUR mistake, and we'll have to pay the consequences."
"The drinking age should be lowered to 19. It wouldn't dramatically affect high school students as they typically wouldn't be legally allowed to drink until after they graduated (although there are some 19 year old high school students, they are definitely the minority), but it would make it legal for college students, many of whom are drinking anyway. Besides, most college students don't have cars or don't use their cars when they're going out drinking. On top of that, underage drinkers die of alcohol poisoning because they are afraid to get help because they don't want to risk getting in trouble. Everyone here talks about how no one should die from drunk driving, and I completely agree with that; however, people also shouldn't die from alcohol poisoning because they are afraid of getting in legal trouble. I don't know the statistics of how many people ages 18-21 die in drunk driving accidents compared to how many die of alcohol poisoning, but maybe we should just make stricter laws against drunk driving (which would also lower the rates of drunk driving for people who are of legal drinking age) and work on better education about drinking responsibly."
"you have to realize that alot of teen accidents involving alcohol related car crashes are probably because teens under the age of 21 are going to parties so they can get drunk then drive home and if they were able to buy it at 18 they wouldnt feel the pressure on haveing to go to parties for it and would be able to buy it and drink at thier own homes reducing the ammount of parties they go to and the risks taken by driving home"
"even if they lower the drinking age(witch they should)peoplpe will still drink if they lower it there will be less kids drinking illegaly"
"I think it should be lowered to 17 because then you are almost an adult an you have been driving for a year so there for, you are more responsible about it. also, Everyone drinks at age 16 at parties and stuff."
"@KalkaskaIf you don't already, then you're kind of missing out because what this person meant is that everyone who WANTS to drink, is already drinking at parties anyways. You should probably go by what people mean, instead of by what they say because it makes you the literal one in the conversation."
"No Because I dont SO Thats not every one"
"The drinking age should change because people won't complain about how their kid comes home bared-out and what not. Unless that kid is about 16 years or yonger. If people made the drinking age at about 17-18 years old you won't really have a problem just know that if he comes home drunk its his/ her foult.People have been drinking even befor we ever had any rules.Meow!!!"
"yes underage drinking should be allowed to drink it stops binging"
"i think that drinking at 18 is good because then younger people wont have to sneak around and go to friends parents houses and drink and then it is more likely the party gets busted and then everyone gets a ticket, and i don't see the problem because when you turn 18 your a legal adult you can buy cigarettes you can vote you can do anything but you cant drink you have to wait for what three more years it is pointless. there are 18 year olds that are more responsible than half of the 21 year olds out there. if alcohol is such a big deal and there are so many car crashes and stuff like that then they should just try to make it illegal again but since we all know they wont they just should just stop complaining because they are not willing to do anything about it except make they younger people wait and that is honestly causing more problems and i can tell you that because i am a 17 year old and i know whats its like not being able to drink legally and if you lower the age i can guarantee that there will be less problems with crashes and deaths."
"if you can die for your country at 18, you can drink a beer at 18."
"I'm a 12 year kid and drink all the time i'm alls with my parnets and when I do get drunk i never leave my house its better than doing with stangers in high school"
"lower it to 15 why not"
"YES! The reason being if you look there are not only more pros than cons but if the Government lowered the drinking age then we can take on that responsibility. I know people that have families that let their own children drink infront of them. They don't drink to get drunk however, it would be so much better if they government did lower it not only because they not only would they be able to do what we want then that way since we already have the responsibility of doing what they want and that way we can still learn responsibility and if you think about it then that way you're already an adult and you can look at it you can do a lot of things and its sad to think about how many people who actually abuse the privilage of drinking at 21."
"I am currently a college student, and I feel that the law should be lowered. If one looks at the statistics on this website for the pro side, they far out way the cons. The main reasoning for not raising the drinking age is the "idea" that there would be a larger amount of car accidents, the study showed in the 1980s that their were more, but nothing to comparable to that of countries in Europe with a lowered drinking age. The amount of money that is being wasted, enforcing laws such and the amount of individuals who have to pay for drinking tickets is huge. Drinking tickets at my school does not stop individuals from consuming alcohol. We as a society should be focusing on how to educate people on drinking safely, and focus on smart drinking rather then banning it. Regardless of any laws, its obvious that underage drinking is rampant on the high school level and college level. I feel as though the law is more of a "feel good law", it really doesn't fix the problem of drinking. Personally, if I can go fight and die for my country and handle a weapon, I should be able to have a beer while doing so. Stop wasting money and resources when we can educate people and allow personal freedom that we deserve as "legal adults"."
"I am for it because it doesnt matter.It is un healthy for anyone! it is unsafe for anyone.either it should be 18 like the military and smoking or no one should be able too"
"I agree it's bad for anyone, which is why I want to happen as little as possible by gradually raising it and eventually making it illegal."
"minors are dying for this country 801 in Iraq so far but these same people have never had a legal sip of alcohol"
"By lowering the legal drinking age it will satisfy the "need/want" to drink that so many young adults are being urged to do. I believe that lowering the drinking age to 15/16 and raising the age of obtaining driver's license to 18 is the best thing to do! By lowering the drinking age to 16 the teenagers will have had plenty of time to "party/live it up" before they are on the roads. Plus the big reason in why getting your license at 18 is because your frontal lobe is fully developed at this age and we are to be "more mature". I have a friend that was a foreign exchange student this past year and she was from Germany, and she told me about this and I totally agree with the Germans on this situation, and I believe it's about time the Americans looked into this!!"
"i believe the age should be lowered to a young age of 16 even, my main reason being that in australia we have a large DUI problem and alot of road fatalities from drinking. i believe if we lower it, more young teenagers will be encouraged to drink, most likely gettin drunk and "pissed" to the point of voming. this may not seem like a positive but by the time they are 17-18 and old enough to ddrive, they will have more experience with alcohal and hopefully it will also help with our binge drinking problem that australia also suffers. as for america i dont know what or how it can help you, but hopefully a solution is found."
"we r allowed to influence decision of the PRESIDENT who can change the face of America and 4evr b in history at 18 but we can't have 1,2 or how ever many u want drinks and deal with our actions til 21 i may be crazy but isn't voting for the person who changes AMERICA a bigger deal?"
""- Drinking age laws have not prevented young people from drinking and they never will"
"Thanks for all the great Pro and Cons on this discussion. Me personally am in favor of the Pro side. But the Con side holds a strong evidence though well anyways thanks for this resource and I think this website will help many with this certain topic. TRI-COUNTY SCHOOLS ROCK!! By the way i am 14 years of age!!!"
"It seems that a large majority of the PRO comments are written by those who are under-age. It also seems that those people are just voting down any of the CON arguments. I'm 19 years old and I have no problem with the age being where it is now. I went to high school in a small community that had the highest under-age drinking rate in the state. I've seen these kids who drink and what it does to them. I hear all the stories of people being sexually assaulted because they were drunk. I've seen accidents because of kids in my school drinking and driving. I was in a horrible accident because I was hit by one. Last summer, my friend drowned because her group was floating the river and drinking. The reason the age is set to 21 is because our brains don't finish developing until our early 20's. I've seen the kids who began drinking early and heavily. They never finish developing in some areas. Some of them will always have the problem solving skills of a 15 year old and can't develop any further. Teens get drunk faster and don't know when to stop. They are more likely to binge drink. There's a good reason behind the age being where it is. I know you don't want to, but you can wait."
"I am 54 years of age so no, not all young people on here.You don't want to drink? Great, good for you.What you are overlooking, when you talk about the things you have seen, related to drinking, is the fact that binge drinking or simply the inflated desire for alcohol, is caused by these restrictive laws. Where I grew up in Europe, we all got drunk at some point. My first time was when I was 14. But we had no restrictive laws and so there was no "forbidden fruit" factor for me. I quickly learned the consequences of getting drunk and from there on automatically started to limit myself.Other people may not learn the same way and some will die from alcohol abuse, with or without laws. Those who have addictive behavior will not be stopped, ever.The bottom line is this. It is wrong to restrict a majority who would behave because of the few who don't. And we can clearly see that these laws just don't work. Education does."
"I agree, people just want it to be legal so they can get drunk without getting in trouble. Alcohol is a joke anyway. It needs to go die in a fire so it can stop killing people."
"to Julian Villacres,were you drunken when you wrote that comment because its "has drank without my parents" not "has drunken without my parents"wow just read your comment again and you made many mistakes. I guess you dont get a "drinking credit" because there is no way you are doing well in English class."
"Actually, some people can wait. the only reason you dont want to wait is because you dont like it, Personally i think you're wrong.! Hahahaha. ;D"
"I think that is a good argument, but it would be hard to enforce something like that. Even so, I think the main problem would be that their development is stunted. I realize a lot of people don't care, but still. But I can see why people make your argument. It's a good point."
"I feel that the drinking age should be lowered for the military. I know there could be many arguments against that but I feel that if our 18 year old, adult relatives are old enough to fight and die for our country they should be able to buy a beer."
"I said the same thing"
"that really sad and I am SOOO sorry about your friend and i just wanted 2 say, I feel sorry 4 all the people who defie every single logical argument or straight-out-anyone-who-is-AT-LEAST-CAVE-MANsmartshould understand this reason unlessits because your defiant just 2 get back at someone because they told them what 2 do, then end up killing themeselves or others or witnessing that kind of thing happen 2 a dear 1 but they already got cant stop even if they wanted 2, or if they didnt or couldnt feel anything towards that event. And I feel sorry 4 u and your friends and the others family, that must have gotten hurt, but like me,shaken u and helped u see all the horrible things that alcohol can and already has done 2 people and their familys?They also dont realize how they hurt the people who love them when they drink, they start towaste away and they hurt them 2 the point of self-hatred those who CARE aboutthem. Theyblame themselves 2 the point of suicide. Ive seen that happen my best and closest friend whos like a sister 2me her mother because of her brother who had so many problems, both physical and mental and now my friends trying 2 get over it and she and I r now closer than ever but she is still suffering ALOT from both things."
"I agree that there are people that are drinking and just not want to get in trouble, but I also think that those who deserve the right to drink responsibly should be able to. I am a 15 year-old who has drunken without my parents responsibly. I feel that there should be some sort of permit or license to drinking in public places. A drinking permit would allow a minor to drink with a responsible adult, but those who are irresponsible drinkers won't be allowed to. Once you turned 14, you must build your "drinking credit" by having good grades, not lying, and not doing stupid things, to be able to eventually drink by yourself in public places legally."
"It is my belief that alcohol should be prohibited as it once was. I have seen personally how alcohol can destroy lives and tear families apart. Alcohol consumption has no benefit whatsoever, and therefore should not be allowed."
"I don't DRINK, and I'm proud of it"
"just because YOU don't drink doesn't mean others don't. Or don't want to if they're to young."
"Believe it or not, the minimum drinking age actually was 18 for a while. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act was enacted in 1984, because of the high rate of drunk teen car crashes. This act compelled states to raise their drinking ages up to 21. Since then, traffic fatalities (both alcohol-related and non-alcohol) have drastically decreased. Read this page for more:http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/17893If the drinking age of 18 didn't work in the past, it probably won't work in the future. Keep it at 21, it's clearly helped."
"While that statement is true, it is also misleading. the rate of drunk teen has actually started to decrease before the MLDA had been raised. Also the law was changed in 1987 but we have had a MLDA since prohibition ended, and it has changed through the years. Also many doctors have said that the law is doing more harm than good."
"You got your facts wrong. The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 was a law that made states lower the drinking age to 21. It was never 18. And the fact that you even got them from a "blog" is silly. People will believe anything."
"Gabriel,I have to agree with your statement. Kids are not responsible at that age. I will say this, they had their chance for it to be lowered. They showed us why not to change it back. Safety is important."
"You are so totally RIGHT"
"Okay, people seriously need to understand that using the excuse of being an adult and being allowed to fight, get married, legally "get some" isn't really legitimate. Until 1984, the MLDA was 18 after the prohibition was lifted (around 1933) and President Roosevelt diminished the age from 21 to 18. Roosevelt felt the same and was shocked that young men were old enough to fight but not vote at 18. The concept was later applied to drinking. However, this ~did not~ work. It led many to creating "blood borders", which were different states that allowed drinking at 18. Many teens used to drive across the borders so they could drink (sometimes for a cheaper price). Many accidents happened from this. Also, you can't exactly use the example of other countries like those in Europe. First off, in most European countries, you bike everywhere! Gas can cost around $14 depending on where you live, so people bike. It's not like all of their young adults/older teens will have the ability to just get up and drive. Different studies also showed that the European region has the highest overall consumption of alcohol among adults and the highest proportion of alcohol-attributable deaths in the world."
"I dont think it should lower the age because some teenagers might be dumb and go driving and either get killed or get hurt for drunk driving. Thats whjy the age limit is 21 because some 21 year olds know how to drive or make sure not to drive if there to drunk. Do you want to know something????? If you are to drunk and if you are a ta friends house just ask if you can stay the night so you dont get [pulled over or get hurt."
"If people are alcoholically irresponsible at the legal drinking age of 21, what makes you think that this will improve if the age is lowered? There have been many motor vehicle accidents, and some of which have caused deaths, due to alcohol consumption. Alcohol causes many problems with a person, the people around them, and also the community. If the drinking age is lowered these problems will only get worse."
"i am against lowering the age because as a teenager i relied too much on my feelings to make decisions. most of my choices were based on fears and excitement i felt. if i would have added alcohol to that i would have made some pretty unwise choices. even at the age if 21 i still used my feelings to make decisions but i used my mind more as i grew older because i allowed my brain to develop in a way than it would have if it were intoxicated. there were times if anger that i know if i had been drunk and oportunity arose i would have acted on a lot of what i felt without thinking and ended up in a situation i never intended. your teenage years are already a time of confusion and figuring out who you are. and then when you hit 18 you wonder wbout what college your going to go to what career you want who do you want to become? being a teenager is stressful enough why add my stress to that by getting drunk and doing something you know you wouldn't do sober and regretting it for the rest of your life. our minds are not fully developed until we hit our 20s and even after our minds are still developing"
"No the drinking age should not be lowered due to deaths and alcohol poisoning which can kill more of our citizens than ever. HERE'S MY OPINION: WHO EVER IS CAUGHT DRINKING UNDER AGE, THEIR FINAL AGE TO DRINK SHOULD BE INCREASED TO THE AGE THEIR BRAIN IS FINALLY DEVELOPED. WHICH IS AGE 25.!!!!!!!!!"
"I think that if they lower the drinking age to 18 then the kids going into college, would be drinking instead of going to class. I know most of them have to make their own decisions, but making the right one, would be to wait to get your life together before having a beer."
"If they are going to drink and they are in college they will do it either way. The places they can get it on a campus are unlimited"
"I am against because some 18 year olds are really immature and have a tremendous amount of peer pressure, which by the way, most give in on almost everything, from sex, alcohol, and drugs. Legalizing it would remove the safe belt they have on from society to protect them from themselves. Especially because they are more vulnerable to over do it. Most of them have not control the driving part ! Most of accidents on the road are teen realted accidents. At the age of 21, at least they have been driving for a while and their pilot mode can kick in if they are in a situation where they have to drive with a few beers on them. Economy is the last thing that people should use as a weapon to be pro because we are talking about safety here no money. that is secondary... Kids lives are the most important thing.. without it nothing else matters"
"They may be 18 years old, but their actions show dysfunction. That is why they raised it in the beginning because of people to young for that kind of responsibility. If they want it bad enough the one who drink under age will find it. Therefore, I say wait till your older and wiser."
"The average person lives to about the age of 80. That means 59 years of your life you are legal to drink. So a majority of your life you are able to drink legally.It's really not that hard to wait 21 years to drink. You should be focusing on other things leading up to age 21 anyway, not drinking."
"i don't think the drinking age should be lowered from 21 to 18 because of the fact that the younger the body the more damage it can cause to the person the other reason is that younger kids are more prone to doing stupid stuff when under the influence and could get themselves or someone else severely injured..."
"No because there would be more drunk driving accidents fools"
"We are not fools. If parents would be responsible and teach their kids about drunk driving and the consequences, the kids wouldn't even think about it."
"The drinking age should not be changed! I'm a sophomore and I see idiots everyday who think its okay. Underage drinking can really screw up your developing brain. It makes it harder for you to focus or learn. It also can have serious long term effects. Plus people are just immature and cant handle it. They end up hurting or killing others because of their bad choice. If you really take the time to measure the pros and cons, well you would realize that underage drinking is a big mistake. your brain needs till 21. Your more likely to become dependent on alcohol if you start younger. Don't screw yourself over."
"Americans are living longer, and can wait longer to drink. I see that my own children and my nieces understand that there are downsides to drinking that they need to consider. In the culture of permissiveness that I grew up in, the stupid things people do with the excuse that they were drunk were joked about and encouraged. MLDA 21 puts the brakes on, and says, as a society, we discourage the kind of irresponsible drinking that young adults are susceptible to. New brain research has shown that teen-age/young adult brains are poor at recognizing consequences, hence risk-taking behaviors are endemic. Doing what we can to keep alcohol out of the equation, and to encourage a culture of measured risk at this vulnerable period in peoples lives may help save their lives and prospects."
"Alcohol is just a force to be reckoned with. If people want to lower it to 18, when you can drive on your own, I think maybe teenagers will feel like- "Oh, cool, now I can drive a car and drink beer. Not a good combo folks."
"Now we just allow 21-year-olds to feel like- "Oh, cool, now I can drive a care and drink beer." I beg to differ that anyone with any semblance of intellect believes that it's legal to drink and drive once they reach legal drinking age."
"No the drinking age should not be lowered for one very simple reason. That people under the age of 21 are not considered mature with their decision and choices. If the drinking age was lowered the young adults in the United States would not be ready for the decisions that come with drinking."
"The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 says that one must be 21 in order to buy or publicly possess alcohol. I agree with the Act. But all states should take Louisiana as an example which lowered their alcohol consuming age to 18 in 1996. This would make drinking less of a thrill for young adults, and "responsible" 21 year old adults will make the purchase."
"I do not think that you should be able to drink until you are twenty-one. The reason that I think this because it my generation is not fully capable of controlling themselves with the minimal rights that the teens have now. With driving they do not follow the laws and regulations. So how would they be able to follow the no drinking and driving rule; they wouldn't ."
"I am 15 years old and I have no problem with the drinking law. I am educated, therefore I know that alcohol affects your brain cells, physical functioning and can damage your body system. My classmates would easily argue that they are mature and can "handle" their intake of alcohol. Unfortunately, there are underaged idiots are there who still consume more than appropriate while their bodies are developing. Overall, I am con lowering the drinking agae because ALCOHOL CAN KILL YOU STUPIDS!!"
"Alcohol can kill anyone doesn't matter what age you are.. The fact is underage people will do it anyway.."
"Cigarettes can too, so can going into the army. Adults should be able to take responsibility for their own actions."
"I'm against the lowering of the drinking age, to anything lower then 21. im only 17, and all the alcoholics that i've been around since i was little let me see the different type of drunks. i've been around some of my friends that have been drunk in the last few years and they make the worst choices that they can make. teenagers aren't mature enough to be able to drink at a certain age. especially since they're brain isn't mature, and they can't be mature enough to make the right choices"
"Yeah teenagers are stupid and immature and can't ever make the right choices because they're immature. forget that they're mature enough to own they're own property, forget the fact they can own and purchase firearms, forget the fact they can join the military and die for the country, and forget the fact they can provide for themselves by owning their own house and having fulltime jobs. Besides all those facts teenagers are just as mature as any 5 or 10 year old"
"your 17 you are not mature enough.I am 19 plenty mature enough i drink every weekend and am just fine alone with all the teens i know who underage drink"
"Drinking destroys more young people lives... keeps them from getting a good education, job, and a overall jump of what life is really all about... With lack of understanding of what drinking means, young people just need to develop their minds to maintain the effects of drinking."
"OVER-drinking destroys peoples lives. I'm fine with an 18year old have a drink with his meal IF he/she was TAUGHT to be responsible. Of course some will make bad decisions, regardless. Even older adults make bad decisions. But I'd rather have the legal right to teach my 17-20 year old how to drink responsibly in a family setting than letting the flood-gate open(so to speak) and have them running towards the liquor store. EDUCATION and reasonable restrictions are the key."
"As a parent I'm glad that I have that tool for my daughter to teach her right from wrong. She will be able to make that decision when she is old enough to fully understand her actions and responsibilities. Also its not just my rule but societies as well."
"I believe after just reading the alcohol and drunk-driving related deaths that have been avoided since the raising of the drinking age I am all for keeping it where it is at. I know all about disgruntled teens but we all survived through one form of disappointment or another if this is the only one they are doing pretty good."
"This would just alow them to basically kill themselves slowly if they want to or are just forced into it the first time then it becomes a huge problem for them. They wouldnt realize that, or if they did they probably would choose not to pay attention or care about anything outside of what they want to choose to believe. Its possible that they might be so far gone that they CAN'T do anything about it if they could even care about it."
"I think the drinking age should stay at 21 , Because people lose there moral and dont know what they are doing bescause they are too drunk. They could end up crasing there car, or doing something really stupid like beating there parents up because they yelled at the when they came home , Because they were out to late. 18 year old brains are not yet devoloped all the way like 21 year olds."
"Your brain isn't fully developed until you're twenty-four, not twenty-one. You're wrong."
"The drinking age is 21 and we have 15, 16, and 17 year olds drinking (that's not to suggest that people at 18 can handle it, they just flaunt it more than anything which is annoying). Just think if it were lowered to 18 we would have people evennnnn younger drinking... not good. Really, I think all this would do is cost us more and more young lives..."
"the people who are allowed to drink now end up either killing themselves or hurting themselves physically and emotionally. Do we really need younger people to go through the same thing, that just makes more accidents."
"I'm a con because i think if we lower the age it would cause more drunk driving accidents than we already have. 18 year olds already get in enough accidents if they are drunk and try to drive it would only add to the death toll. Some 21 year olds can bearly handle drinking so i can only imagine how the 18 year old would act. I really don't think it is a ggod idea."
"Lowering the drinking age and raising the driving age would give teens time to get familiar with alcohol and know the consequences of getting drunk."
"voting, buying a house, loans and other rights you get when you are 18 are not the same as drinking the only argument like that I would accept is that you are allowed to smoke when your 18 smoking is more dangerous but you can do it younger then drinkingthere is no reason to lower the age i drank 13-17 and it was dumb and no real point in doing it I am 18 no and I think the age should Not be lowered. why are we in such a rush to grow up. also if alot of kids under 18 are already drinking why would lowering the age to 18 help there would still be underage drinking"
"Yeah just because I do something and I think its alright doesn't mean anybody else has the right to do it also. I used to drink when I was 13-17 too but now that I'm one year older and wiser I automatically see why I was wrong. I bet when I turn 21 I'll automatically turn mature and responsible enough to drink just like everyone else that's 21+yrs old."
"Well anonymous man,I do not feel like a cog yet. "To prove this, look at cigarettes, even more harmful that alcohol but does not really effect your productivity, and rakes in money from addicted tabacco consumers." I had a really hard time with this sentence. I could not tell if you were saying that tabacco does or doesn't effect productivity...Well tobacco has nicotine which is a stimulant so yes it does increase productivity. Which goes with your argument USA <3 productivity.I really could not tell what side of the fence your on. You say how society pushes kids to grow up and its sad but then you say the current law has adverse effects. So I guess I am a cog because i dont get how you have an issue with this law when it seems you should be emailing Disney channel about their shows.Bottom line I agree kids shouldn't grow up to fast I think 16 year old should not be drinking or smoking . You know what yea F*** it let 18 year olds drink but still no 17 and younger."
"To answer your question, society is pushed to propel itself as much as it can with speed, that means the government care about your productivity more than your health. To prove this, look at cigarettes, even more harmful that alcohol but does not really effect your productivity, and rakes in money from addicted tabacco consumers. All that really matters is you productivity and how much cash you rake in for them, why else would there be so much ADD and ADHD medication out there readily available to the public, whether they need it or not.Feel like a cog yet? Society moved toward people growing up fast, look at your television and find the kids commonly watched "disney channel". They promote dramatic bratty teenagers and encourage kids to grow up fast just like them. Young kids want to be teenagers and adults before they even reach middle school, its sad. So indeed kids are going to drink before 21, the majority between 18-20. Society tries to influence kids to grow up, but then call them too immature to drink some alcohol, even though more mature responsibilities are given to them. Its like marihuana, they see it as them not having as much control over people. The current law has an adverse effect on youth, its harmful."
"may be more drunk drivers"
"the fact that it is illegal makes kids sneak around and are more likely to drive drunk now than if it were legal because then they would feel able to get a designated driver."
"Only about as much as we have already. I mean, the drinking age at 21 isn't going to convince people to not drink and drive, they'll still do it. The only difference is when they get caught they'll have both an underage drinking charge AND a DUI charge. Which honestly doesn't affect the amount of damage caused."
"it messes your brain and makes you make bad choices"
"so can falling in love but do you see a written age limit on that? i think not"
"Did you know that alcohol is responsible for more deaths globally than Hiv/Aids? And that it can seriously impair development of the prefrontal cortex? "I'm an adult now and i can do whatever i want"-No. Legally Adult and Biologically adult are two unrelated titles. Face the facts."
"you are absulotely right. I like what you said."
"This is so true !"
"Most of the arguments for pro I don't feel are hardly researched. Those who are 18 and in the military are allowed to drink while on base overseas. They have earned that right by volunteering to serve our country. There is a law (in at least most states) that gives immunity to those underage who have been assaulted while under the influence and to those who help their friend who has been injured or poisoned under the influence. Just because 18 yr olds can vote does not make them an adult or even mean that they should vote. Most young adults don't do fact searching for themselves. I can't tell you how many 18 yr olds I know voted for Obama on the premise that he is "hot."At 18 people should be responsible, but not all are. It's why pets aren't allowed (for the most part) in dorm rooms of colleges. It's why when kids first go away from their parents they experience weight gain, they don't know how to eat healthy on their own.Responsibility starts with the parent, and parents will parent as they do no matter the drinking age. Lowering will not teach those 18 who are to be any more responsible for their actions.If we're worried about making it a "big deal," then let's not make it a big deal to wait."
"The fact that you feel volunteering for the military 'earns' those volunteers more privileges than those who don't does not sit well with me. It's called volunteering for a reason, military volunteers should not be any more privileged than high school students who volunteer to tutor their struggling classmates. In both cases, those people know what they are getting into, and are doing it because they want to. It's called volunteering for a reason.Also, I want to tell every person who cites the fact that underage drinking results in accidents that there are plenty of drunk driving accidents that happen due to legal drinking. Common sense and personal responsibility are the keys to safe drinking, not age or social status."
"ALCOHOL MAKES YOU FAT!"
"According to your logic, we should raise the minimum age to eat hamburgers."
"So do other beverages, it is like any other thing in the world just watch how much you take in and you'll be fine."
"Yes clearly a reason to outlaw the use of alcohol before 21. In fact maybe we should make is so Mcdonalds can't sell to people who are over 21. And television and video games should be prohibited because they promote laziness. Thank you oh wise commentor for your informed and clearly educational response."
"wells that is true im 16 and i dont want the driving age to go up thats kids problems if they want to drink there parents should be more strict."
"im only against lowering the drinking age because it wont change teenage drinking. im a teen and i dont care if the legal drinking age is raised or lowered, because it wont change underage drinking."
"yes it will because no one will feel cool anymore. They will be able to buy it and that feeling of being bad will go away and they will drink less"
"I think you should have to wait until you are 21. This gives you suffiecient amount of time to graduate from high school, experience the real world for a couple of years, and gives your brain more time to develop. Plus, the earlier you start drinking the more likely you are to become addicted, or damage your organs."
"If you always tell someone no, then there going to do it. why not let them so than they'll have a couple drinks and won't really care about drinking anymore!"
"It's illegal to commit murder. Does your argument mean that we should make murder legal in order to stop people from committing murder? I'm in favor of lowering the drinking age, but I question the validity of your argument."
"thats not right that gives middle & high schoolers good access to alcohol"
"Kids are going to do what they want to do . They tried to do what they wanted at age 5, but at the end of the day, until they become the age of responsibility (21) not 18, parents do not permit your kids to drink . They have not experienced life enough to handle drinking maturely as an young adult. I question parents who are allowing their kids to drink."
"So you magically become responsible when you turn 21? Gee, I wished I lived in that universe. The world would be a much better place if that were true... The problem is that people mature at different rates. Some people may be responsible enough to handle alcohol at the age of 18 or 19, and I've seen other people who are over 21 who shouldn't go near the stuff. Also, maybe it's beneficial to have some kind of experience with alcohol when you're younger. Especially under the controlled supervision of a parent, that way they hopefully have some kind of respect for alcohol when they do turn 21. As opposed to letting your child turn 21, they have no previous experience with alcohol, and they have no idea what to expect. Not to mention they will most likely be in a less controlled environment at that point in their lives. That sounds like the more dangerous option to me. I'm 19 by the way. I'm old enough to have just about all the same responsibilities as someone over 21. I go to school, I have a good job that I enjoy working at, I'm old enough to live on my own, I drink on occasion, and I can go through just as many hardships as any one else. So who are you to say that people under 21 can't be responsible for their own choices."
"CON. The statistics say the younger people that drink it die more often (drunk driving), so if we raise it to about 25 according to statistics there will be many less deaths by drunk driving."
"But why stop there if we raised the drinking age to 500 there would be no drunk driving crashes at all right?"
"Or we could raise the driving age to 25. Both are not going to happen."
"Because alcohol has wreaked havoc with so many homes and so many individuals. Making it more available will not help but hurt an already tragic situation."
"Under age drinking is not good for either the mind or body. Being mature comes along with drinking and other freedoms that are for ADULTS. It can damage many things for kids. 18 is of course the day you become an "adult" and you are no longer a kid or teen. but thats just a word. the real meaning to adult is being able to handle more complicated situations."
"Yeah you're so right you have no idea I've never met an 18 year old in my entire life that has a job, goes to college, pays taxes, owns they're own property and doesn't get s***housed eveytime they drink... oh wait I forgot about myself."
"@RebeccaBecause adults over 21 are all SO responsible with alcohol...."
"So going to war where you can die is mature enough for an 18 year old. Guess what if you get shot you don't have a brain or body cause your dead. And in America when you turn 18 your considered an Adult us 18 year olds can do just about everything you can besides drink so how about tat for your freedoms"
"I really agree with you. You should be muture before you start drinking and sure some of us at the age of 18 will be muture but most 18 year old just want to party and be irresponsible with alchol privilages"
"the reason all of the cons have negative comments is because all them young kids want to get drunk and die faster because when you're drunk you make stupid decisions"
"Hey beer rocks,"drinking and smoking are bad or good it is their oppinion" its bad and thats NOT an opinion thats a fact Now I will explain because your a child and you don't know any better but an opinion is not based on evidence a fact is a statement that can be proven. So drinking and smoking=bad because it harms your liver, lungs and your health in general. Now go ask your peditrician or school nurse what beer(that you say rocks) and cigs do to you"
"So why should it be the job of the law to prevent people from making their own stupid decisions?"
"Or kids just look up to Older people and want to be like them and have a good time its not about getting drunk and why would anyone want to die faster thats a retarded comment. Kids drink cuz its not allowed if it were then it would no longer be as cool"
"wanna know what you are wrong little kids need to learn their selves that drinking and smoking are bad or good it is their oppinion"
"I could not agree more. You hit the nail on the head. There's no legitimate reason why the age should be lowered. Kids just want to get drunk."