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Last updated on: 2/27/2015 4:43:45 PM PST

Should the drinking age be lowered from 21 to a younger age?

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  • +39 +70 -31 Taylor Gaede Apr. 14, 2014
    "If you can fight for your country at age 18, you should have the right to go and enjoy a beer."
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    • +2 +4 -2 alex kraftchick Mar. 9, 2015
      "that is totally right"
  • +36 +81 -45 Andrew mayfield Mar. 24, 2014
    "if 18 year old kids are trusted with voting then they can be trusted with drinking"
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    • -2 +5 -7 Pedro Hernandez Apr. 7, 2015
      "Thats 2 completetly different things ,not like you gonna consume the ballet..."
  • +35 +63 -28 Mollie Apr. 30, 2014
    "At 18 you can be tried as an adult in court. When I turned 18 my momma lost the social security she got for me when my dad died. At 18 you are treated as an adult and are expected to act like one. You can fight and DIE for your country but yet you can't have a beer?!? At 18 you ought to know what you do has consequences good and bad. I grew up in a small town and kids drank under age but it wasn't a big deal because most parents raised their kids right. I personally think that if you are allowed such responsibilities as I stated above then you should be able to have a beer (or other alcoholic beverage). When I was 16 I lived on a farm and did farm work that men usually did. I was once told "If you're going to do a man's work you should be able to drink a man's drink.""
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  • +31 +73 -42 McLovin Dec. 5, 2013
    "look at Europe, they are doing pretty well."
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  • +19 +49 -30 Stephen Feb. 21, 2014
    "if someone at 18 can join the armed force so why do they have to wait have a beer."
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  • +12 +35 -23 Blade May. 1, 2014
    "The MLDA should be dropped back down to 18again cause you are an adult and your are making your own decisions about what you want to do and what you can do."
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  • +9 +30 -21 Brien May. 19, 2014
    "I'm currently enlisted in the U.S. Army. I'm an active duty Combat Engineer, and I have a concealed carry permit. I'm 19 years old with a CHL, but I can't drink. I was able to do almost whatever I wanted to when I turned 18. You have to be 21 to carry a handgun, but if you're active duty military you can carry even at 18, so what's wrong with drinking at 18? I know your brain doesn't stop developing until early in your 20s, but I've drank quiet a bit in the past, and I'm just fine. I guess maturity level has a lot to do with this."
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  • +7 +15 -8 Francisco Pelaez Jan. 9, 2014
    "There has been a lot of debate when it comes to legal drinking age here in US. When it comes to law, there is always an opinion, some are for it and some are against. When it comes to the legal drinking age being 21 we are totally against it. Legal drinking varies by country. Let's see some of the reasons as to why we think I think the legal drinking age in US should be 18 and not 21. An 18 year old in US has the right to vote, and serve the military. If an 18 year old can make up their mind as to who the potential leader of the country should be and take a bullet for their country, they should have every right to purchase and drink alcohol. It is usually said that an 18 year old has less tolerance as compared to a 21 year old. Although this might be true, in most cases you don't really know how much you can handle as long as you try it out. Tolerance doesn't come with age, tolerance come with realization of responsibility and there are people that are more responsible than some at 15 than some at 50. Anyone under 21 sees alcohol as a forbidden fruit."
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  • +5 +19 -14 juan b. Jan. 15, 2015
    "Why can someone serve in the army at 18, and possibly face death, but cannot consume alcohol."
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  • +5 +12 -7 Haley Faye Nov. 5, 2014
    "When you turn 18 your an adult and I'm pretty sure when your an adult you can choose what you put in your body."
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  • +4 +7 -3 A.Michele Jun. 15, 2015
    "Look at Europe, most other countries legal drinking age is 18 for hard liquor and 16 for beer and wine. I've personally experienced the difference between the American laws and the laws say in Russia, Germany and Spain. Spain for example does not view drinking as a bad thing, making it 18 though very relaxed about it as long as you're being responsible. I believe because they are more open with drinking at a younger age, parents family etc can help mold respect for the alcohol not to abuse it like many do here in America. The more you keep it from people the more kids sneak around, get fake IDs, break the law merely because they aren't ALLOWED. So we can smoke {Which by the way is absolutely toxic, unlike drinking in moderation can be good for you. } And vote but we cannot drink? Ridiculous ."
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  • +3 +4 -1 Connor Nov. 2, 2015
    "MERICA!! The greatest damn country on the planet! Where we wake up to the everyday rights that many of us take for granted. Rights fought for and defended by the men and women of the United States military! ***Many of which are 18 yrs old*** Men and women who risk their lives to protect the things we love. I do not know about any of you but I wake up every morning and piss excellence because I know I'm in the U-S-A and if you're trying to enforce me not having an ice cold beer it ain't happening. #MERICA"
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  • +3 +6 -3 Collin May. 30, 2015
    "I serve in the Armed Forces and I can die for my country so why can I not pick up a beer. The casualties rates increased after the Minimum Drinking Act of 1984. The United States is one of the few country's that has such a ridiculous law. Its time to change."
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  • +3 +9 -6 zachary Mar. 20, 2015
    "for me i think yes that is the only law that seperates 18 from 21. the death rate might go up but if u really think about it and the govt. likes it but hates the death rate they should require every vehicle to have a breatholizer"
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  • +2 +13 -11 alex kraftchick Mar. 6, 2015
    "I think if I can die for my country and smoke cigarettes at 18 then we should be able to drink at 18."
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  • +1 +2 -1 Bob Saggett Nov. 5, 2015
    "i cant even walk and drink what makes you think ill drink and drive"
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  • +1 +3 -2 John Doe Oct. 8, 2015
    "I truly believe the drinking age should be lowered to 18. At the age of 18 we have not only the right to vote, but the right and bravery to die for our country and protect the rights of the United States of America. Men and women of the age of 18 should at the very least have the right to buy a cold beer and relax."
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  • +1 +3 -2 Chuck Aug. 11, 2015
    "I don't understand what the obsession is with the 2 different ages of 18 vs. 21. The drinking age should be 19 for two simple reasons: 1- Before the 1984 drinking age act the majority of states had a drinking age of 19. 2- Most high school seniors are 18 & college freshmen are 19. Also noteworthy is that most Canadian provinces have a drinking age of 19 and they have less of a problem with drunk driving than we do in the USA."
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  • +1 +13 -12 Person Mar. 31, 2014
    "Do people seriously think that saying you have to be 21 stops teens from drinking? They are out of their minds. I am outraged at the ridiculous age of 21 being the first time any American is expected to have a beer. As a teenager, it is VERY easy to obtain alcoholic beverages, so whats the point of telling persons under 21 they cannot have it when obviously it is easily available? Instead of condoning teen drinking, we should be teaching them to drink responsibly, instead of binging at parties because they rarely have an opportunity to drink. The social unacceptance of teen drinking teaches them to hide and lie about their alcohol consumption, like an alcoholic. Constantly behaving like an alcoholic leads them to having alcoholism problems over time. Making drinking ok, teaching responsible drinking, and learning limits are all things that should be done to avoid our teens hurting themselves by using alcohol in the destructive way that American society currently teaches them to. In countries like Germany where the age is much lower (16 for beer, wine, and champagne. 18 for hard liquor), there are no teen drinking problems such as alcoholism or binge drinking because it is always ok for them to be drinking, so they don't overdo it."
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  • +1 +21 -20 It's very iffy Mar. 10, 2014
    "There are many opinions out there and i would like to express mine.
    I have seen plenty of people, regardless of age who act disagreeable on alcohol. (And while sober for some)
    There are always going to be problems when using substances. My father taught me to be open minded, accepting and overall nice. While i was growing up, he let me have a sip now and then so i could experience the world of brews. After a while i liked the taste, and the wisdom that i was taught from small things like that.
    Sure, i made a few mistakes when i was younger with excess, particularly hard liquor and drugs. I think that is perfectly fine. You have fun in your youth, you act recklessly and you learn from the mistakes.
    I don't think age is important as much as experience and maturity. You would think that that someone who is in college binge drinking would be more mature than someone who is younger and also binge drinking.
    Using something in excess is obviously not going to be healthy, and after a while people learn that lesson. I think that today's idea of alcohol use, among other things actually encourages this excessive use.
    I more neutral than pro twords the idea of a lower drinking age. There isn't going to be a solution."
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  • +1 +9 -8 jzzybelaxo Jan. 18, 2014
    "lowering the drinking age will show the adolescents responsibility and self control for the futue."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Annie Hernandez Nov. 19, 2015
    "I Agree with lowering the MLDA to 20. All adults should have the right to make a decision. If you are old enough to get deployed, then you are allowed to make drinking decisions. If we let a 20 year old drink, things wouldn't make much different than a 21 year old guy. A 20 year old would be more responsible since they know that they are fortunate to atleast be allowed to drink. 20 is the age where you are to old to not have responsibilities and too young to be immature, but not old enough to make decisions like drinking. I say a year younger would be great, just because it makes sense and because I don't see a problem with a year difference."
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    • 0 0 0 chuck Nov. 23, 2015
      "I completely agree. 19 or 20 would be a much better drinking age than 18 or 21."
  • 0 +1 -1 Duncann Bowler Oct. 22, 2015
    "Allowing people to drink under the age of 21 could increase money income for the government but it can also increase business around the United States."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Drake Aug. 20, 2015
    "if you can die for your country, then you should be allowed to drink in your country"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Thomas Jul. 23, 2015
    "I'm from Canada and in my province the drinking age is 18. There is no anarchy and I know nobody with a DUI in the past 10 years. It's almost as if they learned personal responsibility. The issue is a basic human rights thing. If you think 18 year olds aren't mature enough to drink then they should also be banned from voting, credit cards, student loans, and especially joining the military. Because those are all much more serious decisions than drinking a beer."
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  • 0 +2 -2 John Doe May. 16, 2015
    "If you can fight for your country at 18 and buy a gun (in some states) at 18 then you should be able to have a drink at 18"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Teresa Taylor May. 10, 2015
    "If a young man or woman or under 21 services our country in the military plus carries a rifle then should they not be able to drink like other responsible parties? Isn't buying cigarettes legal at 18? Same. Aren't young people considered to be "adults" at 18? Don't young men have to register for selective service at 18?"
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  • 0 +8 -8 Reed Kartye Mar. 24, 2015
    "As someone who is still underage, I can give multiple real world examples of time when we were not allowed into a bar/club and used drugs instead. There is no way that a MLDA of 21 reduces drug use. Goto an 18+ Club and nearly everyone will be high on pot, molly, even bath salts. Why are we high on drugs, because we want a good relaxing time and we cannot get any alcohol, so we goto the more readily avaliable thing, drugs. The least the government can do is allow 18+ to buy low alcohol content drinks, such as beer and wine. This will allow young people to be introduced to alcohol, help keep them from binge drinking, probably lower heavy drug use (Molly, cocain, etc), and lower accidents across the board as young adults will be able to experience alcohol legally, but at small concentrations, and will not binge drink at 21 and then drive home. Not to mention, if the new MLDA is 18 across the nation, 18-20 year olds will not have to drive across state lines like in the past, where this was a major source for accidents. Just a few thoughts and observations from a current college student, please let me know what you think."
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  • 0 +6 -6 bree Jan. 14, 2015
    "there are already people who drink before the age of 21.we all know this,i do agree to it being at 18 possibly lower because if they learn to control themselves at a young age it will be less likely for said teens to get into wrecks(as it is mentioned so often.)"
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  • 0 +6 -6 J Taylor Oct. 18, 2014
    "This is a slippery slope fallacy and possibly a false cause. Lowering the drinking age may have a negative effect on society, but the only way to know for certain is if it were to actually happen. When young adults who were then legal to consume alcohol become legal they might go crazy and out of control, but studies by Dwight B. Heath who is a professor of anthropology show otherwise. All of his research has led to the conclusion that the younger people start to drink, the safer they are with consuming alcohol. The majority of the countries around the world have the legal drinking age set to the age of 18 or lower, so maybe they are on to something."
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  • 0 +6 -6 razzle dazzle Oct. 2, 2014
    "I am 20 and am in the US Air Force. I could be deployed tomorrow, but I can't have a beer tonight? What kind of logic is this. I am given enough trust to carry a gun and shoot the enemy, but I can't take a shot? This is so backwards. Not saying that teenagers don't make stupid decisions. They always will. I did and still do. Has alcohol ever played a part in that? Of course. Often times with people who were well over 21. So who is to say that a 25 year old is going to make better decisions than an 18 year old? I have seen it both ways. Perhaps the only way to justify this MLDA is to raise every other legal adult right to 21. What the hell, they could just infantize us more. All I'm saying is that if you can die for your country, you damn well better be able to have a beer."
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    • 0 0 0 beechnut79 Nov. 5, 2014
      "During the Vietnam war there was a big movement to lower both the voting and drinking ages. The former stuck, the latter has obviously had much more difficulty."
  • 0 +11 -11 Chris Sep. 30, 2014
    "It is simply unethical that marijuana has been legalized in 2 U.S. states for ages 21 and older but the drinking age is still not being lowered by any state. This is simply promoting greater inequality between 18 and 21 year olds when we both legally posses the same rights as adults. Local law enforcement is nothing like it was 30 years ago. Back then, drunk drivers were getting rides home from the police and now, not even the biggest celebrities can get out of a DWI. I believe it is unethical to tell a young man who gets sent off by his government to go to war that when he comes home, he cannot go out to a bar and have a drink with his friends, his parents, or his siblings. Lowering the drinking age to 18 will also decrease a large amount of stress on college students, and will give them a reason not to go to college parties which are much more dangerous than attending a local bar or nightclub that has taxi services and bouncers making sure that nobody drives home drunk. The United States needs too change the drinking age to 18 for the sake of ethic and responsibility, and allow those who come home from war to enjoy the same pleasures as those who posses the same rights and liberties as 18, 19, and 20-year-olds."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Krystal Jun. 22, 2014
    "Lowering or raising the drinking age will not matter. Kids that are 15 are drinking! If you can vote at age 18, you should be able to drink. Germany's drinking age is 16, and everywhere else in Europe is 18 and theyre doing perfectly fine."
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  • 0 +9 -9 Aaron May. 7, 2014
    "The drinking age should be lowered to 16, only if the driving age is raised to 18. This should happen so teenagers can learn the effects of alcohol before they can drive."
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  • 0 +9 -9 swagmaster8 Apr. 10, 2014
    "if you put a law on something there will always be people who want to break that law."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Pro for Sure Apr. 7, 2014
    "We call ourselves a free country but yet we are not able to drink? Why is it we are able to vote, die for our country, get married, be sentenced to death, sentence someone to death at the age of 18 but aren't able to drink? Being 18 is classified as an adult so we should be able to make our decisions ourselves. The people who are going to drink responsibly are still going to drink responsibly no matter what age. Its not like alcohol is hard to get. People who are 13 have access to alcohol so this law isn't helping us but yet increasing binge drinking and being rebellious."
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    • -1 +1 -2 responsible adult May. 6, 2014
      "I'm a responsible adult, can I have a tank?"
  • 0 +9 -9 jennifer Mar. 31, 2014
    "they are going to drink anyways regardless what the law say. Once your 18 your a adult and u have the right to everything but you cant drink once your 21 it does not make any sence to do that just lower it to 19 case closed"
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    • +2 +2 0 Responsible adult May. 6, 2014
      "What? You just contradicted yourself, you understand that right? By your logic there should be no drinking age so you're pro drunk 4 year old?"
  • 0 +10 -10 John Hopkins Mar. 25, 2014
    "The MLDA should be lowered due to the fact that an 18 year old can go fight in the army, but can't have a drink."
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  • 0 +8 -8 anonymous Feb. 17, 2014
    "If the government is so worried about the health of the people then shouldn't smoking cigarettes be illegal as well? It harms the body too, if not more."
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    • +1 +1 0 Responsible adult May. 6, 2014
      "They should make tanks legal too, I mean how many more people a year are killed by alcohol and cigarettes. I bet like maybe one person at most is killed by a tank in the U.S."
  • 0 +6 -6 Sam Jan. 29, 2014
    "Because I signed up for selective service, can be drafted, serve in the military, can purchase cigarettes, can get married, can have children, can drive a car, can drive a motorcycle, can purchase a firearm, can obtain a conceal carry license, can adopt a baby, can vote for the leader of the free world. But... I cannot buy a beer."
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  • 0 +7 -7 Andrew Summers Jan. 19, 2014
    "You are allowed to be in the armed forces, you are allowed to drive, and you are considered a responsible adult"
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  • -1 +1 -2 RaymondPrice Sep. 22, 2015
    "the drinking age should be lowered to 18 because when you are 18 you can vote and go to war but your not allowed to drink its bs if you cant go have a cold one after you find out your president won the election"
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  • -1 +1 -2 Gandler Sep. 20, 2015
    "Drunk driving is often viewed as THE reason to keep the drinking age at 21, yet I will never understand how this applies to those who don't have a car. Purchasing a bottle of vodka or a keg to take home, that I can see causing problems, but enjoying a beer in a pub? That seems a hell of a lot safer than being unsupervised while sipping the everclear your buddy snuck into your dorm room."
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  • -1 +1 -2 Samantha Sep. 8, 2015
    "Personally, I think that people should make their own choices because they are trusted to make the "right" one. If one were to choose to drink at an earlier age, no one should (can) stop them from doing so unless they abuse the privilege."
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  • -1 +1 -2 Hannah May. 15, 2015
    "It would give the teens the feeling of adult hood and make them fell more accepted in life."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Phill M. Mar. 11, 2015
    "Binge drinking is a serious problem and can lead to addiction. Research also shows that legal drinkers make better choices in connection with their drinking, such as designating a driver and drinking in safer environments, than illegal drinkers. This could be because when drinking legally, there are lots of resources to be responsible but when drinking illegally, drinkers don't have access to make safer, smarter choices. The fear of being caught seems to supersede the legal safety factors. Lower the drinking age to 18 gives a lot of young adults who are already drinking the resources needed to make responsible choices without fear of their ages being the problem."
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  • -1 +6 -7 dylan Dec. 15, 2014
    "i feel that we should have no age limit at all and that we should have fun"
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  • -1 +4 -5 Pro 18 Apr. 7, 2014
    "It will eliminate underage binge drinking and it will eliminate the allure of breaking the law. It will eliminate the amount of binge drinking because alcohol will be more available. Most people underage binge drink because they what to have as much as they can because they don't know when the next time they could have a drink is. Plus at age 18 you are legal considered an adult so you should be able to have an adult beverage. Also 136 college presidents have signed a petition called the Amethyst Initiative. The purpose is to try to get the government to rethink 21 because "21 is not working". Some of the college presidents include the president Duke University, Ohio State University, Virginia Tech, Syracuse University and John Hopkins University, one of the leading medical schools in the country. One thing that the Amethyst Initiative would allow for is the better education about alcohol and how to choose responsible."
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  • -1 +6 -7 segir newsom Jan. 23, 2014
    "all of your cons are the same worded different most people affected by alcohol are over 27"
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  • -1 +6 -7 Eduardo Jan. 18, 2014
    "At 18 you are an adult you can please to do whatever you want. You can go to jail and can vote. Why can you not make a decision whether or not could you drink alcohol? Seriously, ridiculous!"
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  • -1 +6 -7 Holly ???? Jan. 15, 2014
    "Make more money for shops/pubs :D"
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  • -1 +6 -7 #prohibition Jan. 13, 2014
    "The Prohibition got repealed, isn't this similar?"
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    • 0 +1 -1 #cancelcolbert Apr. 24, 2014
      "So true! You are the REAL joe biden."
  • -1 +7 -8 Wes Jan. 9, 2014
    "18 is the age of adulthood"
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  • -1 +7 -8 Larissa Jan. 7, 2014
    "No, you aren't just given the right to fight for your country: Make this clear. You are allowed to DIE with the governments blessing for the sake of this country, yet they do not allow you to drink. Furthermore, they do not allow you to drink because you might endanger the life of yourself or someone else by doing so. So, basically, you can make your own conscience decision to possibly die by fighting, or you could make the conscious decision to possibly die by alcohol. If you can decide to join the military knowing the possible outcome, and the government be completely okay with it, then you should be deemed responsible enough to drink, also knowing the possible outcome if not handled responsibly. It is absolutely absurd that the government allows one but not the other for that reason."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Stacie Levy Jan. 4, 2014
    "I think making it illegal is causing more binge drinking.
    I would prefer the age be lowered and all drinking be out in the open"
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  • -1 +8 -9 Jeff Jan. 1, 2014
    "If you're old enough to die for your country, you're old enough to drink a toast to it."
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  • -1 +7 -8 Lauren Dec. 29, 2013
    "It will make drinking seem like less of a rebellious act."
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  • -2 +1 -3 Carlisle Aug. 20, 2015
    "Teens are already drinking, and the setting available for them to drink is what causes all these accidents. At 18, you can be forcible drafted, and die for your country, but you can't drink wine. at 18, you are expected to participate in voting, but you can't celebrate with a beer. At 18, you can be married, but you can't have champagne. the only reason it isn't still 18 was because the government needed a way to save money, so it penalized states in a way that most narrow minded hypocrites would agree with."
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  • -2 +1 -3 Honeyimhome Apr. 27, 2015
    "you should be able to drink a cold one when your 18"
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  • -2 +2 -4 thad Apr. 20, 2015
    "my brother was in the military at age 18 but cant drink"
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  • -2 +4 -6 Drake Mar. 9, 2015
    "If you can serve we can drink"
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  • -2 +4 -6 Megan :) Jan. 6, 2015
    "The drinking age should be changed to 18 in all fifty states for constitutional reasons. The law states that you are a grown adult at the age of 18. That's why you are allowed to join the army and vote at that age. Drinking is no different. Once you are an adult all freedom is supposed to be accessible to you. Some people like to argue that the body isn't fully developed and can't handle alcohol at age 18 but according to Lucy Wallis at News Magazine, the brain is not fully developed at the age of 21 either. People don't act irresponsibly because of their age."
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  • -2 +6 -8 PvCraft Dec. 12, 2014
    "It should be lowered because then, the government will not have to pay to keep as many underage drinkers in prison. It will also boost the local economy."
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  • -2 +5 -7 E Dec. 2, 2014
    "I think the legal drinking age should be 18. When you turn 18 you are considered an adult and start paying taxes if you haven't been already. If you move out of your parent's house and show independence, you should be able to make your own decisions on tobacco and alcohol."
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  • -2 +8 -10 Joe May. 15, 2014
    "If you're old enough to put your life on the line for your country, you should be able to drink alcohol without being penalized. As long as that person isn't drinking and driving there should be no problem."
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  • -2 +6 -8 segir Jan. 23, 2014
    "from what ive seen it takes longer for people under 21 to get drunk and they don't get affected nearly as much"
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  • -2 +4 -6 We are old enough!!! Jan. 8, 2014
    "I think they should put the age back to eighteen because your labeled as an adult, you should be able to do what you want you have the free right to, and your responsible enough to know what your doing ."
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  • -2 +5 -7 anthony mendoza Jan. 8, 2014
    "i believe the drinking age showed be lowered to 18. if you can buy a gun get married and enroll into the army, navy, etc you should be able to drink at the age of 18. also if you can buy a GUN you can buy a drink. guns kill people more than drinking does."
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  • -2 +4 -6 emily Jan. 8, 2014
    "i think it should change the law to age 18 but you can only get a amount of drinks because of your age"
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  • -2 +4 -6 daniel Jan. 8, 2014
    "Pro I think the drinking age should be lower to 18, the reason for this is because once you turn 18 you are already an adult. At 18 you can already make bright decisions of what you want to do in life, so if you want to drink you should be allowed to drink."
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  • -2 +8 -10 Aru Dec. 20, 2013
    "The real issue, I think, is drinking and driving. We get use to driving at 18, *then* we get use to drinking at 21. When the drinking age is lowered from 21 a year or two, the death rates go up, obviously, because we're less mature drivers when we begin drinking. Americans tend to not understand that "conservatism" is really only "conserving" the period 50-100 years ago, in which Christianity and corporatism in our country rose to an extreme. This period, compared to the rest of our young history, is quite small. The conservatives tend to be extremely incapable of learning from history, or from the rest of the world, even when everyone else has already been there, done that, gifting us with their experiences and history.

    In short, if it is to be lowered, it would have to go straight from 21 to 16 to be feasible, and even then I have no idea how we would handle it. Then, people can get use to the effects of drinking *before* learning to drive, rather than the inverse. Then, after adjusting to the change, it would probably *improve* drinking+driving accidents rather than wrecking them."
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    • 0 0 0 Aru Dec. 27, 2013
      "I guess I forgot to add this: which one do you think is more dangerous? Which one do you think kills more people? Driving without drinking, or drinking without driving? Which one is a 1 ton+ mass hurtling around with nothing but a human behind the wheel? Versus what... drunken bar fights? Not the biggest of concerns, is it. Now once again... how much sense does it make, for drinking to be legal at 21, while driving is legal at only 18? Come on now, this one is incredibly obvious to me. But then, a lot of people are like that... you can serve up a simple, rational chain of thought, in the most elegant and understandable of ways, serve it on a silver platter, put it right under someone's nose, and they still somehow can't see it. Anger, bigotry and ignorance. Corporations manage to convince everyone to brainwash themselves. Look up the psychology of debate. When you argue something stupid, if you do it passionately rather than logically, you quite literally bias your own opinions, even if you didn't want to. When someone says something even mildly argumentatively, others will assume the opposite role, and convince themselves of it, whether they would have otherwise agreed with it or not."
  • -2 +5 -7 this is wrong Dec. 16, 2013
    "i am not old enough and do not want to drink beer but i think you shuld be able to because the greatest reason (in my opinion) is than you can hold a gun die and,kill for your country and i like john mcardle (dont know if i spelled his name wrong) to make a drinking licence i think that yhea it will definitly work good job (im bad at spelling)"
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  • -2 +6 -8 atypicalcollegekid Dec. 15, 2013
    "Obviously lots of pro-people are underage...our futures can be ruined just for getting caught after having a few responsible drinks. The current law has made alcohol some sort of big, illicit thing that we do in secret and without parental guidance. Shouldn't your first drink be with your parents/ family? I think one problem is in general the people who make laws are parent-aged. Parents (quite understandably) would rather their kids not experience anything risky like they did when they were kids."
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  • -2 +7 -9 rose Dec. 8, 2013
    "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."
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  • -2 +9 -11 YOLO Dec. 4, 2013
    "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."
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  • -2 +5 -7 Alyssa Dec. 3, 2013
    "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"
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  • -2 +6 -8 Katherine Dec. 2, 2013
    "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."
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  • -2 +5 -7 Sierra Dec. 1, 2013
    "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."
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  • -3 0 -3 kecker Apr. 9, 2015
    "i agree to lower it because at 18 you are a legal adult and have your own interns and you should be able to chose what you want to put in your body"
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  • -3 +2 -5 seth Mar. 12, 2015
    "i think that it should be lowered because if someone passes out and they need help then nobody would call because they would be to scared. If it was lowered then they would have a better chance of calling if it was 18 then now because it is at 21."
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  • -3 +3 -6 Anonymous Feb. 24, 2015
    "If people are going to do it, then let them do it. Dont go out of your way to judge somebody just because of what they do. Just let people do what they do and let them be!!"
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  • -3 +3 -6 Fred D. Feb. 5, 2015
    "If you really want to drink and you are under age, go to the Bahamas. Their drinking age is 18 yrs. old."
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  • -3 +3 -6 Alaira Jan. 23, 2015
    "If teens have the chance to drink in a secure safe environment it will let them experience it safely. It will also take the thrill out of drinking illegally making unsafe drinking decrease."
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  • -3 +2 -5 Kendra Jan. 21, 2015
    "I think that if we lowered the MLDA there would be fewer teens drinking. If you think about the kids might be doing this only for the simple fact that it is illegal"
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  • -3 +4 -7 Javani P. Jan. 14, 2015
    "If your trusted with the responsibility of being a adult at 18, I don't see why you can't be trusted with a bottle or two of alcohol."
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  • -3 +2 -5 abigail Jan. 13, 2015
    "you forgot personal reasons or more heath"
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  • -3 +3 -6 hunter Nov. 21, 2014
    "your a legal adult when you turn 18 you can vote, serve your country, an smoke plus you must make your own decisions PERIOD. alcohol shouldnt be treated any different im 18 an have no problem with getting alcohol at all on a regular basis an havent had any problems with the law, school, or social life"
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  • -3 +4 -7 Ginger Nov. 18, 2014
    "I think the age should be 18 because thats when your considered to be an ADULT / When I was 18 many yrs ago I was an Adult & To turn around & claim people arent ADULTS until 21 is contradicting For the sake of argument If there were a draft Would 18 -20 yr olds be boys or men? Boys given guns ? Why woud minors be drafted?To vote? Why would minors be allowed to choose a President?To drive a car? Again a Minor driving amongst so called Adults Some 18 yr olds are more mature than an over the hill adult"
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  • -3 +2 -5 ts Oct. 2, 2014
    "At 18, kids are considered adults. You are able to make big decisions (eg join the military) and are able to vote. If at 18 you are able to vote, then I think you should be able to drink. Also, the UK and Canada have their drinking age at 18. Finally the MLDA 21 is just encouraging 18-20 yrs old to drink in secret and they can overdose. It is safer if they say go to bar, where it is regulated."
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  • -3 +1 -4 Roxy Ray Sep. 10, 2014
    "i say if you are old enough to die for your country and to be tried as an adult you should be old enough to drink."
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  • -3 +1 -4 Annie Sep. 8, 2014
    "the drinking age should go back to 18 like it was only 20 years ago."
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  • -3 +1 -4 Ray Aug. 5, 2014
    "Really when you think about it being able to vote, purchase tobacco, adult material, guns, ammunition, ect ect at 18 BUT not being allowed to buy one a single beer, or even one of those weaker strength beverages you see for a dollar. Honestly it makes me feel like a second rate citizen, seeing how I have the right to vote, join the military, and everything else above yet when it comes to a single drink, made from grains. Even if they allowed 18 year old's to purchase 10-20% alcoholic beverages it'd be a step in the right direction. But as it stands now it really seems that the older generation really wants to keep us under 21 down as teenagers. Last time I checked they don't let kids join the military, so just think before you generalize."
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  • -3 +1 -4 Oliver Jul. 18, 2014
    "An important aspect of drinking alcohol is knowing your limits. With a drinking age of 21, the US currently leaves the discovery of drinking limits to people who have been driving cars for years. They are bound to overestimate their capabilities of driving while under the influence of alcohol, trusting in their experience. Conversely, in Germany, where beer and other low-content drinks are allowed from age 16 whereas driving is only from 18 onward, a lot of people will already know their reaction to alcohol when first at the wheel."
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  • -3 +1 -4 Kar May. 22, 2014
    "At 18, you can fight for your country but you cannot drink ? Sounds ridiculous to me."
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  • -3 0 -3 Brice May. 22, 2014
    "I really think it comes down to common since..If you get drunk and drive under the influence your just plan a DUMBA**. At the age of 18 you can buy a gun. I here a lot more things about people shooting people and things. Why cant i have a beer with my family and friends?"
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  • -3 +2 -5 adrianna May. 19, 2014
    "yes because if you are responsible enough to watch your actions and what you do then you can drink at an younger age."
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  • -3 +3 -6 Christopher Mors May. 17, 2014
    "At 18 you are considered a legal adult and held accountable for your actions. You have the right and the responsibility to vote, own property, be charged with a crime, and enter a legally binding contract. If the government should either raise the age for all rights and privileges in the country to 21 or lower the one privilege. The hypocrisy in the disparity of the laws sends a message to the world that our government does not work for the people."
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  • -3 +6 -9 Austin May. 6, 2014
    "If you can fight in a war you should be able to have a few beers and enjoy your life.... that's all that needs to be said."
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  • -3 +2 -5 Hunter May. 5, 2014
    "At 18, one should be able to do essentially anything they want (save murder and other serious things obviously). I have seen young soldiers walk into bars with their military IDs and be denied a simple beer, coming from a military family this upsets me. If someone is old enough to fight or DIE for their country and the people who live in it, why are they denied a drink?"
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  • -3 +6 -9 J Apr. 28, 2014
    "If at eighteen I can serve my country, buy a gun, carry a gun, vote for our president, and so on, I should be able to drink if that's what I so wish to do. After all, at eighteen I'm an "adult", right? Well if I'm an adult, then why can't I do all the things adults get to do? Also, over 50 other countries, the minimum drinking age is eighteen or lower. I don't see why America can't do this also. If I want to throw away my life with alcohol, then I am going too. (I don't, I'm just saying) I don't think we should have to wait until we're 21 when we can serve in the military at 18, along with all the other privileges we have at eighteen. This should be re-voted on, in my personal opinion."
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  • -3 +3 -6 Anonymous Apr. 24, 2014
    "If the objective of the drinking age is to lower drunk driving then America must increase the penalties for drunk driving, we have some of the lowest punishments for drunk driving and the highest rates. Every country in the developed world has a lower drinking age then the U.S. I can think of no other issue which has such a universal agreement across countries and cultures. America is simply wrong in its policy and should conform to global standards. The only other countries with comparable drinking ages are a few hard line Muslim countries."
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  • -3 +8 -11 Person Apr. 24, 2014
    "Cause I want beer."
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  • -3 +3 -6 Liz Apr. 23, 2014
    "The drinking age should be lowered because in America 18 is considered an adult. Why give these so-called adults all of these responsibilities such as voting, going to war, serving on the jury, ect... then say they aren't allowed to drink like an adult. If the president were to come to me and ask if I want a drink "Oh no, I'm only 18 sir. I voted for you but I CANNOT drink with you." It's unfair."
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  • -3 +3 -6 bair Apr. 22, 2014
    "i agree with lowering the age because if you cant beat them, join them. kids are going to do it anyway, and im not supporting kids younger then 18. but really just let them have their alcohol. if their old enough to vote, die for our country, and start their own life, then they could at least have a beer for f**cks sake."
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  • -3 +4 -7 Brandon White Apr. 10, 2014
    "The drinking age should be lowered to 18 because students in College love to have a good time at parties, sororities, fraternities and so on. And a large majority of College students enjoy consuming alcohol at these parties. They want to have fun and enjoy their time with friends and other classmates. Keep in mind, many College students are below the age of 21. But what if the party is stopped by campus police and a man/women is arrested for underage drinking? Then that person faces charges against them and could potentially get kicked out of the school. That man/women could have the cure for cancer. And now the authorities have stripped that person's opportunity to better the world, just because they wanted to have a good time with friends."
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  • -3 +8 -11 Lord Voldemort Apr. 9, 2014
    "Jesus said it's ok. I talked to him about it."
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    • -2 0 -2 bair Apr. 22, 2014
      "i cant even.. XD XD XD"
  • -3 +2 -5 Jerry Apr. 8, 2014
    "I'm Pro because we send 18, 19 and 20 year old soldiers to war but they aren't aloud to have a drink? How much sense does that make?"
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  • -3 +2 -5 Austin Apr. 7, 2014
    "I think that they should at least put the drinking age to 15 or 16. They should try it and see how it goes if don't go good then change it but if it goes good then they should keep it I'm against the law of you have to be 21 I don't agree with it they should just put it to 15 or 16 that would be better!"
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    • +4 +4 0 Responsible Adult May. 6, 2014
      "You sound like you've been drinking since you were about 9 years old. Have your brain cells already died out?"
    • 0 0 0 Ace of Epic Mar. 10, 2015
      "You must be either a drinker since a very young age, or you were drunk when you posted this "argument".

      Also, Responsible Adult, look down below into the first few comments on this side, there's a guy that wants the drinking age to be 7!"
  • -3 +3 -6 Anonymous Apr. 2, 2014
    "I believe that the drinking age should be lowered because it would remove the taboo american culture of binge drinking. By lowering the drinking age, young adults won't party as hard and consume as much because it will no longer be seen as "bad ass" or "rebelious". Also, young adults will now have public places to "hang out" with their friends and won't be forced into un-safe situations at unsupervised, private "parties". I think that the young adults will be more responsible when they reach their 20's because most of the desire to binge drink is lost, as they say, "Been there, done that.""
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    • 0 0 0 Responsible Adult May. 6, 2014
      "You're basically stating that we should encourage binge drinking at a younger age. " I think that the young adults will be more responsible when they reach their 20's because most of the desire to binge drink is lost, as they say, "Been there, done that."'"
  • -3 +5 -8 james Mar. 31, 2014
    "they should just lower it to 19"
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  • -3 +4 -7 Mariah Feb. 12, 2014
    "Most other countries have their legal drinking age set at the age that their young citizens are considered adults. The legal age to smoke is 18. If you are to allow young men and woman whom are 18 join the military and fight and die for it's country they should also be able to drink. If they can be trusted to go to war with a gun in hand they can be trusted to drink at that age too."
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  • -3 +4 -7 T. Jones Feb. 12, 2014
    "I believe that if you are old enough to die for your country then you should be able to drink legally"
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  • -3 +4 -7 Kmht59 Feb. 11, 2014
    "If you can vote and die for your country in the military, you should be able to make the choice to drink...or not to. The USA is one of the few non-Muslim countries in the world where the drinking age is 21."
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  • -3 +8 -11 WOH Jan. 13, 2014
    "Tobacco is 18+ and it is more harmful then Alcohol."
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  • -3 +7 -10 Garthon Prendergast Jan. 12, 2014
    "18 is not underage in NYC so they are adult by their own age at 18 and up, so they make their decisions what to do and when to do it"
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  • -3 +12 -15 Regina Jan. 9, 2014
    "If we allow 18 year olds to join the military and DIE for our freedoms, they should have the Freedom to choose. if we allow 18 years old to VOTE for who will lead our country then they should be allowed to choose. If an 18 year old is considered an adult for the courts, then they should be considered adults enough to responsibly drink. Drinking is not the issue, but the ability to learn responsible behavior. There are many 18 year olds that are more responsible than 30 year olds. It is not age it is maturity."
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    • 0 0 0 Devon B. Nov. 21, 2014
      "I agree 10 fold on your assessment."
  • -4 +4 -8 Joseph Mar. 27, 2014
    "If you are able to risk your brains being blown out in the military and risk psychological damage at the age of eighteen then why is drinking at age eighteen an issue?"
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  • -4 +4 -8 anon Mar. 25, 2014
    "i always say im pro so yeah"
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  • -4 +4 -8 Dana Mar. 19, 2014
    "Even if we don't lower the age kids will still find a way to get the drinks. If they can't get the beer than they will turn to something else which may be weed or drugs."
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  • -4 +4 -8 luis Mar. 17, 2014
    ""no, we should not be able because its for our own sake, our brains have yet been fully developed at the age of 21 so why drink and kill our brains, be patient and wait to turn 21 and drink then""
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  • -4 +5 -9 Ashlee Mar. 17, 2014
    "Honestly, I feel it should be 19. That way we could throw out the "18 and in high school" theory. Canada has a good working system with its legal drinking at at 19, therefore, why can't we in the US do it? When I was in High School, it was the cool thing to drink. So many underage youth were doing it anyways. At least regulating it would make some situations more safe."
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  • -4 +6 -10 Abbigail Mar. 8, 2014
    "If you can vote, then you can drink. Coming from a 15 year old. Just an opinion. I'm not even going to be 18 in high school."
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  • -4 +5 -9 Joey Garcia Mar. 5, 2014
    "I think you should be able to drink at the age of 16. if your willing to take the affects then go for it"
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  • -4 +4 -8 mari Feb. 27, 2014
    "They should lower the MLDA to 18 because 18 is considered an adult already so why not just lower it and that way it may also decrease teen drinking at private places where it can get worst a. If once was the MLDA was lowered when not again."
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  • -4 +3 -7 youngin reckless Feb. 27, 2014
    "I am in favor of the drinking age to be lowered from 21 to a younger age because it all depends on the person. It depends how mature they are and in fact some 21 year old people do not have the same mature mind set like a 18 or 19 year old would have. Some older people haven't developed quite yet. Teens now a days turn up to the max and this is a free country, remember? Why can't we be legal to buy alcohol before 21? What makes them think just because you're 21 doesn't mean you're not going to have an accident or do something dumb? Saving that for the birds but drinking at a young age is not something to die over for, we got worse things going on than drinking a beer with our buddies or family. People still buy liquor under age some way or another and they can't stop that. So why waste their time?"
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  • -4 +5 -9 Jessi Feb. 26, 2014
    "By the age of 18, people are legally adults. They should be able to decide weather or not they wish to drink."
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  • -4 +2 -6 Jake Feb. 25, 2014
    ""As of May 29, 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Defense casualty website, there were 4,487 total deaths in the recent war in Iraq," While the drinking age is 21 a citizen can still go overseas and fight for their country as always. While this seems like a very responsible choice to make to some people, they feel the age should be 18 as do I. These people feel this way because if they have enough courage to go leave their own country to protect the people who are living there, why should they not be able to enjoy a alcoholic beverage? These adults who may have just graduated high school are being sent overseas, seeing war first hand, and making the choice to fight for American interests. Such as protecting our oil reserves or keeping tensions down in the middle east so gas prices stay low in the United States. Risking their lives to do supposedly protect our freedoms but they aren't considered mature enough to drink a beer?"
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  • -4 +3 -7 Jay Robinson Feb. 24, 2014
    "I believe that alower drinking age would decrease rebellion from those that want to drink that are under 21 people who want to drink will find a way to anyway by lowering the age people will drink legally with consent from parents and not be near as rebellious."
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  • -4 +9 -13 Jimboy Feb. 18, 2014
    "Yes, as long as people are smart about it!"
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    • +1 +1 0 tersa wilt Jul. 24, 2014
      "the thing is that people r not smart"
  • -4 +5 -9 call me daddy Feb. 14, 2014
    "lower it now,were eighteen and can be held responsible for are actions"
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  • -4 +3 -7 John Adkins Feb. 12, 2014
    "I think the drinking age should be lowered to age 20; Along with raising the legal "adult" age to 20. Kids should not have the right to choose to smoke cigarettes but be denied alcohol. They should meet in the middle and: Legal Adult = 20; Legal Drinking age = 20. Give a little take a little = equal/logical."
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  • -4 +3 -7 megan Feb. 10, 2014
    "were allowed to be free right? then why do we have a drinking age at all? its our choice not governments."
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  • -4 +3 -7 Jasmine Jan. 30, 2014
    "If you are 18, you are an adult other than the fact that you aren't able to drink. You should be receiving the responsibilities of an adult when you're 18 which in this case includes drinking. Yeah 21 is a "great" idea but why? Because you wait until 16 to get your license, 18 to smoke and what not, and 21 to drink? Why wait longer for something when teens that are 18 and in college are going to party anyways. They shouldn't be getting in trouble. They shouldn't have to have the fear of getting caught."
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  • -5 0 -5 j.perez Apr. 22, 2015
    "At the age of 18 you are considered an adult and should have adult rights 1 cigarret around kids is way more worser than 1 person drinking a beer.18 yr olds should be allowed to drink they are adults and should have the right to drink"
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  • -5 0 -5 taylor Apr. 17, 2015
    "yes i agree it should lowered to 15 and up"
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  • -5 +1 -6 christopherschadle Nov. 17, 2014
    "Not taking any side on this but I think it should be lowered to the age of 19"
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  • -5 +5 -10 Johnny Noneya Apr. 9, 2014
    "I'm pro because I get drunk all the time, and it's racist that only 21 year olds can legally do it. I' sick of this discrimination this is America people wake up!"
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    • +1 +1 0 Steven Nov. 10, 2014
      "Racism is according to Dictionary.com racism is the belief that one race is better than the other and last time I knew an age is not a race. I agree that it should be lowered to age 18 but for different reasons if you can join the military I believe that you should drink a bear and celebrate. If you stand behind your statement you must agree that 10 year olds should be aloud to drive to because otherwise it would be "Racist" so next time you comment put a little thought into it."
    • +1 +1 0 Steven Nov. 10, 2014
      "According to Dictionary.com racism is a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others. Unless your telling me that a age is a race your statement is wrong. I agree that it should be lowered to the age of 18 because if you can join the military you should be allowed to drink a bear and celebrate. If you stand behind your statement about "racism" do you think 10 year olds should be aloud to drive?"
    • +1 +1 0 beechnut79 Nov. 5, 2014
      "Did you know that in some states cashiers who are underage in a grocery or other establishment that sells liquor can't even ring up a sale, even though they are not themselves consuming it. To me this is a very stupid law, and wonder how many states have it. I know that both Illinois and Indiana do."
  • -5 +4 -9 josh Mar. 27, 2014
    "you both are pros and cons work it out"
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  • -5 +1 -6 Tabi Feb. 12, 2014
    "I think it should be because i mean you can die for country, go to prison like an adult, but cant have a fucking beer if you want one because you are to young. The way i see it when you are old enough to sign off on your life then you are old enough to get a buzz.."
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  • -5 +3 -8 Tom Jan. 3, 2014
    "It should be neither 18 nor 21. Try a reasonable age like 20. Nice, even, and on-the-decade. No teenager should belong in bars, and nobody who has passed their teenage years should be declined alcoholic beverages. What two weird an backward ages."
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  • -6 +3 -9 anonymous Apr. 8, 2014
    "I think they definitely should lower the drinking age because they give many legit pro reasons. I also would like to drink, the sooner the better, if I could go out and buy alcohol when I hit 18, that would make my life so much better. And I would love whoever changed the law."
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  • -6 +1 -7 Wyatt Willoughby Feb. 12, 2014
    "I Think the drinking age should be lowered because its dumb to wait until your 21 to drink. most people don't wait that long and then they get in trouble by the law so if the age was lowered people wouldn't get in as much trouble."
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  • -13 +1 -14 leo May. 12, 2014
    "i think that the drinkin age should be lowered because im 15 an that hasn't stoped me from cracken a beer"
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  • +1 +12 -11 Dee Sep. 13, 2015
    "All adult rights should be age 21, at least. Join the armed services at 18? Sure, but in a non-combat capacity. Get a loan? Sure, a student loan. Vote? For inconsequential things, like your favorite youtube video. I think the teen years are ruled to heavily by emotions rather than the intellect. I also think family life has changed to something less about "family" and more about achieving. Intellectual development has taken a back seat for many reasons, most of which are driven by economics. But, since changing everything to age 21 isn't going to happen, then make drinking a probationary privilege (stress "privilege"). "Here's your drinking card. One infraction and you lose it.""
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  • 0 +1 -1 RIP AMERICA Nov. 20, 2015
    "Ayy lmao, I can only guess how many people voting yes to lowering the drinking age are autistic teens that don't know what else they can do to get their hands on a beer. The way I see it? America's screwed if this is the majority, not because of alcohol, but because their own rampant desires."
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  • -1 +13 -14 MK Apr. 27, 2015
    "Most under-aged teens who drink alcohol get access to alcohol through their of-age peers. Thus, lowering the drinking age would lower the under-aged age group to a dangerously low age."
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  • -3 +19 -22 Albert Estavez Dec. 9, 2014
    "Many people in America have an addiction to alcohol and many of them cant stop. Alcohol affects the mind as well as the body. If we let younger citizens drink, then it is more likely that they would have lower mental stability and less control of their actions. Drinking also affects people's health which can lead to a premature death. I am a physician so I at least have an idea on how Alcohol affects a person."
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  • -4 +16 -20 Tam May. 11, 2015
    "18 is NOT a magical number that grants one instant maturity & common sense when reaching this teenage age. When war was breaking out,our nation used this number to allow the thousands of young men (boys) to be enlisted to military duty as they graduated high school but were not yet settled with careers or families. 18 is not an adult, really. And more controlled environments? Really like the bartender always knows when to "stop" serving someone before they become inebriated?? Or the seller at the liquor store just knows people that buy from them won't go out drinking and driving?? Fatalities from DUI's are way too abundant & now we want to add irresponsible teens who think they are invincible to the mix?? Alcoholism has ruined many lives. Let's look more at how to lift their self esteem & develop integrity so they are comfortable in their own skin."
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  • -6 +3 -9 Scott Proctor Aug. 7, 2015
    "We in America live in a culture that glorifies drinking. It is seen as a rite of passage into adulthood. Drinking is in all our music from country to rap, our sports, from nascar to soccer. This is the music our kids listen to and the sports our kids watch. Some say that putting a bottle in their hand sooner is okay? I guess they did not know one of the nearly 11,000 people killed last year by a drunk driver. raising the drinking age to 21 was a good start. THIS SHOULD NOT BE CHANGED! In addition those found guilty of DUI should be incarcerated or submit to abstinence monitoring. They have proven themselves to irresponsible to consume alcohol."
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  • -6 +4 -10 Ell Jun. 21, 2015
    "I have been to my husbands family parties where his brother in law opens a bottle of beer and gives it to his 14 yr old son, and offers/ or gives it to the cousins- ages 14-17. In a hot tub no less.. or pool. I am totally agains this and think it should be illegal at this age. It is not "teaching" this young kids anything . rather , it is teaching them it is ok to drink...and whenthey get to high schol parties, hey, they were able to have 3 beers or more at home, now they think they can handle 7 or 8.
    What is introduced next?? drugs.. to introduce?
    18 , 19, 20, ok, yes, I do . I was ablet to drink at 18 in MA, but we controlled ourselves, didn't drive. we walked."
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  • -6 +25 -31 Katelyn Jan. 6, 2015
    "The drinking age should most definetly not be under 21. 21 year olds aren't even that responsible enough with drinking. Have you heard how many drunk drivers have died in crashes? Most of the drivers that die are the drinking age now. Also when you get very intoxicated alcohol releases into your bloodstream up to your brain. The brain works in many different functions, one of those functions are "making descions". If alcohol reaches that part, its hard to make good descions. People under 21 are just becoming an adult, they're still trying to learn how to make adult descions. If we were to lower the drinking age everything would become very wreckless."
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  • -6 +22 -28 Logan Jan. 6, 2015
    "No the drinking age should not be lowered than 21 because, The younger brains are not fully developed and it could mess with the person's brain and could possibly kill them. When your 21 your brain is fully developed and cant mess with you as much but it can still mess with and kill you."
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    • +3 +4 -1 Delsie Mar. 19, 2015
      "Actually your brain isn't fully developed tell you are 25 years of age. So please do your homework before you talk. Either was at age 18 or 21 your brain is not fully developed. So if you want to talk about development than really no one should drink tell they are 25 but they do. If we lowered the age there would more than likely be less underage drinking."
    • -2 +2 -4 John Addel Mar. 24, 2015
      "Not to mention, when young adults can't get their hands on alcohol, we go straight for some pot, or even harder drugs. Some even go so far as heroin or meth, personally I would rather my future kids drink some beer than drop some ecstasy, I think we both know which is more deadly. And I say this from experience and observation, personally booze can be hard to find, but I allways have some pot or can get some very easily. So in the end I believe 18 would be a much more suitable age, beer and wine should be 18+ at the very least. Just look at Germany, they allow 16 year olds beer and wine and they are one of the most productive countries in the world. I say lower the age and get people educated and get people off drugs."
  • -6 +32 -38 jennyfer Nov. 17, 2014
    "the drinking age should be over 21. why ? because people are dying while drinking and driving and they maybe under 21. that is not good ! people are dying every day because of that or there getting shot at. this should be over 21 ."
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    • +4 +4 0 Nycole Mar. 9, 2015
      "but you also have to remember that with lowering it, proper education has to come to. The only thing school teaches is how it messes with you, instead of teaching moderation. I'm not saying add a class of Drinking 101, but more that a paragraph in a textbook is needed"
    • +4 +5 -1 Megan Jan. 6, 2015
      "People will drink and drive weather they are at the age of 21 and older or 18? People that are irresponsible and make bad decisions, like drinking and driving, will always be no matter what age"
  • -6 +16 -22 fischy May. 21, 2014
    "ive noticed that a lot of the comments on the pro side is basically focused on that "the adult age is 18 and if they can do everything else, they should be able to drink." come on guys, if youre gonna make a good argument at least think of more than one thing"
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    • -1 +1 -2 Oliver Jul. 18, 2014
      "Well, you couldn't think of a proper argument..."
  • -6 +19 -25 my choice Nov. 18, 2013
    "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"
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  • -6 +23 -29 Jill Oct. 26, 2013
    "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."
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  • -7 +2 -9 Eddie Jul. 7, 2015
    "under age drinking in the united states 1 in 10 teenagers die in a car accident parent need to be aware what there teen is doing and if there a party parent supervision"
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  • -7 +7 -14 Ethan Golik Apr. 28, 2015
    "Absolutely not! Most people who are 21 years old cant even handle them selvesThe death rate would definitely go 2 beers let alone like 5. Car crashes would be more occuring which would back up our highways. There is a whole list of why it should stay at 21 or even raise it."
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  • -7 +8 -15 Jorge B Apr. 22, 2015
    "the drinking age should be raised because most rapes happen because the victim is under age and drunk and they send you to the military because they need more people to fight and getting drunk under age can make you do bad things and get taken to jail is it worth it putting other people and children's life at risk just for a beer drinking kills most people die over a drink they get in a car and boom someone dies a lot of crashes rapes are from drinking and underage drinking and if you say sorry for someones life you took just for a beer there won't believe your sorry and its not worth going to prison for years a beer kills beer is not meant for young people beer has caused a lot of problems its not cool it don't take away your sorrows if yours sad go to church pray for god to help you he will beer won't look how many lives were taken by drunks and alcoholics listen to my words and if you don't good luck in jail"
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    • 0 0 0 TAYLOR DAVIS Oct. 4, 2015

      It is safe to say that some people cannot handle alcohol. It is also safe to say that of those people who cannot and should not handle alcohol are probably under the ages of 21. That being said, one must ask themselves is the irresponsible behaviors that you referred to derived from alcohol or uneducated people. Should the national rules revolve around the minority of the lets call them not so averagely intelligent people of our nation. I don't believe so. I believe as a free country we should have the right to choose at 18, "adulthood" , whether we want to enjoy a legal drink. I don't think it would be an easy transition, I am simply stating it should have been the norm long ago. It baffles me that the nation trust an 18 year old with the freedom to Vote, Adopt, Reproduce, Legally carry a fire-arm, go to War, Apply for a loan/credit card, Smoke Tabacco or even life alone without parental supervision, but they I "legally" am not allowed to enjoy a glass of wine or a beer with my dinner. I also believe if didn't taboo drinking, and it were simply something we grew up understanding with proper teachings of moderation and health side effects the nation would eventually be able to handle it, opposed to the "countdown" til 21"
    • 0 0 0 Alexandria Apr. 30, 2015
      "It should be lowered to 19 or 20. Many 18 year olds drink carelessly just for the fun of it, and 21 year old are still going to drink and drive. Its better to have it in the middle to solve the problems are going to become inevitable."
  • -7 +6 -13 kyhia Mar. 24, 2015
    "i personaly think that keeping the drinking is a good idea because teens would drink and get involved with other stuff and might just fail school and all be low life drop outs and have no idea of what their future would be like or what they want to accoplish for themselfs"
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  • -7 +14 -21 Janessa Jan. 12, 2015
    "I have a strong opinion on the drinking age. Even though you can vote at 18 you shouldn't drink at 18. They have it at that age for a reason. The government just wants to protect us. I think that if you can drink at a younger age you will get addicted easier. And if you are addicted bad things will happen."
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  • -7 +10 -17 Dillon Jan. 11, 2015
    "Yes, back then, the drinking age was 18, but society realized that it was causing a problem so we upped the legal age to a more safer one. Given that it's a few years older than the previous, it is still a bit too low to be even considered "safe" for the consumption of alcohol. But if the age goes any higher, this would only cause a great deal of distress among everyone in the U.S. so let's keep it there. But let's give in to the whole reality of the situation dating back to when our lord and savior used to live among us. Back when Christ walked the earth there really was no age in which a person could drink alcohol. Which back then was no problem at all because there was absolutely little to no way a person could get hurt from the use of alcohol. But back when Christ walked the earth he wasn't behind the wheel of a 3 ton vehicle that could literally end a persons life if they were to be hit at high speeds. So as humanity progressed in life, so did the legality of the drinking age, because as our technology becomes more dangerous, so do we when we use them under the influence of alcohol."
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  • -7 +6 -13 Dillon Jan. 11, 2015
    "I am 100% against it being reduced to eighteen. But what really upset me was the 4th pro on the pro/con list where they were talking about basically if the age was reduced to eighteen that it would offset the percentage of age group fatalities when it deals with drunk driving. And when I read this I became furious, because why would anyone in their right mind want to offset the percentage scale by making it where younger drinkers behind the wheel of a car succumb to fatalities. Why would you want to make it where even younger people die due to drunk driving just to help flatten out the percentage of fatalities between age groups? This shouldn't even be a question."
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  • -7 +11 -18 william Jan. 6, 2015
    "no, the lower the age of drinking the easier it will be for teenagers to get alcohol, which will raise the amount of teens getting drunk, driving, and causing more car crashes, and hens forth more death in total, also your brain isn't completely developed yet, and drinking at that young of an age you could damage something in your brain or you liver."
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  • -7 +8 -15 Karlie Jan. 6, 2015
    "As many people believe that the drinking age is to high and should be lowered they have no desire to care for there body and actually find out why the drinking age is what it is. the drinking age is 21 because the human brain is not fully matured enough to take in the alcohol and the body realize when it is to much and it starts poising your body. when you reach the age of 21 your brain is mature enough to tell when you have had enough. this is why most alcoholics are people who started drinking at a young age."
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  • -7 +9 -16 Drue Jan. 6, 2015
    "The Drinking age limit should stay the same because if the human body is not fully matured by the age of 18 it could do very bad damage to your body medical researchers claim. Also when someone turns 18 they gain responsibilities at the age of 18 do to law."
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  • -7 +9 -16 Janessa Nov. 17, 2014
    "I dont think that we should lower the age. Drinking is harmful and in order to protect us we need the age where it is."
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  • -7 +14 -21 Cori H. Oct. 2, 2014
    "I think that the drinking age should stay at 21 because the brain isn't fully developed and when you take a chance and try only one sip then it affect all your body parts that it goes through in the body. That is why it is important we should keep the drinking age at the same age where it is right now."
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    • 0 0 0 Jon May. 30, 2015
      "I think your argument about possible brain damage between 18 and 21 is not valid. Brain damage is more likely to happen if you drink too much and/or regularly. In my opinion, parents are responsible of the education of the children. So to drink responsibly, you need to learn how to do it. Only excess damages your body. Eating too much, watching TV too much can damage your brain. But you cannot say that TV or food are fundamentally bad.
      Moreover changing the MLDA to 18 would allow responsible youngsters to not be outlaws when they want to enjoy a drink responsibly.
      So do you really think we should punish everyone to protect a few? And do you think the few who are already drinking too much are really protected by this law?"
  • -7 +21 -28 addy Sep. 27, 2014
    "I believe that the drinking age should remain at 21 because the frontal lobes, the portion of the brain in which decisions are processed, of teenagers are not fully formed, and they are not fully formed until the mid-twenties. This development is important because teens are incapable of connecting their actions to the resulting consequences, so they drink and drive without a thought."
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    • -1 0 -1 John Mar. 24, 2015
      "But at the same time the use of marijuana and other drugs are becoming more accessible, more desired, and more widely used by teenagers. Many of the effects these drugs have of the mind and body are still unknown, but it can be agreed upon that most are worse than alcohol. While opening up alcohol to 18+ will not stop drug use, it would lower it significantly, and so I ask which is worse, a few drinks at a club or taking a little Molly at a club?"
  • -7 +29 -36 Look at it Sep. 18, 2014
    ""If you're old enough to die for your country, then you should be able to have a beer!"
    Response: If you're old enough to die for your country, go do that instead of drinking like an idiot. You'll be more useful to your country that way."
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    • -1 +2 -3 Taylor Oct. 20, 2014
      "I love that response!!"
  • -7 +15 -22 Logic Sep. 16, 2014
    "One of the "pros" for this argument that really bothers me is: "If we lower the drinking age, there will be less underage problems!"
    Sounds reasonable enough. Lower age means less under-age problems.
    If we lower the age all the way to 0, then we will never have ANY underage drinking problems!
    There's something wrong with that.
    I know that that was an extreme example, but let's take another look at that statement. Lowering the age will simply lead to younger age drinking; this does not mean the previously under age problems will disappear.

    Also - a drunk person is a drunk person. It doesn't matter how old that person is. Drunk driving is dangerous. Yes underage teens drink and drive. That is a problem. Unfortunately, it is a problem caused by other problems - it could be traced back to rebelliousness, depression, negative peer pressure...."
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    • +2 +3 -1 Kyle Nov. 14, 2014
      "There are people that are 40 and drink and drive, are you saying we should raise the age to 40?"
    • +1 +2 -1 kianna Oct. 6, 2014
      "many young teen only drink because of peer pressure or the need to push boundaries if we were to take away that boundary it eventually would no longer be "cool" or rebellious loosing is attraction towards young adults"
  • -7 +14 -21 teresa wilt Jul. 24, 2014
    "the age should stay at 21 or age should be higher"
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  • -7 +11 -18 Suzie May. 29, 2014
    "What do you say to a 12 year old who says, "I tell you what you want to hear, so that I can do what I want." ? Like...it's against the law is going to mean anything. At least with a law in place help is enforceable."
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  • -7 +12 -19 A Concerned Parent May. 22, 2014
    "The frontal lobe has not fully developed. Allowing alcohol or other unhealthy substances in the body even at the age of 21 can be detrimental to young people. Check the frontal lobe to verify it has fully developed before allowing alcohol into any body."
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    • -1 0 -1 Oliver Jul. 18, 2014
      "You suggest people in Europe are all brain-dead? Hardly a credible argument. Especially when at the same time you have no problem having someone whose "frontal lobe has not fully developed" handle a gun."
  • -7 +11 -18 M.K May. 15, 2014
    "no never not in a million years I think that kids should not drink at all kids could die get abuse and hurt.they can also hurt their grades and might get arrested. they can also lose their memory. they can also lose their friends and be with other people who do drugs. alcohol can change their lives forever"
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    • +1 +1 0 Tyler May. 18, 2014
      "at 18 your are considered and adult not a "kid" why would you get arrested if the legal age was 18 . you should be able to make your own choices. and Just because of a drink doesnt mean you are doing drugs"
    • -1 0 -1 Jack May. 21, 2014
      "18+ isn't a kid..."
  • -7 +16 -23 Skylar May. 13, 2014
    "The brain isn't fully developed until the age of 25. Honestly drinking has only become more "popular" because society makes it seem "cool" to do it. Just like weed has become more popular lately. Drinking shouldn't be ok till 25 at least. If you wanna go ahead & drink before then though, like many dumb teens, then go right ahead."
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  • -7 +9 -16 Daginger Mar. 31, 2014
    "The lowering of this law from 21 is unlawful because there are many reasons why the people of the time thought it was a good idea to have that law in the first place. stay true to the older people of country! # 'MERICA"
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  • -7 +8 -15 evan Mar. 31, 2014
    "no 10,228 people in 2010 have died from drunk driving"
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  • -7 +17 -24 Xavier Davis Jan. 9, 2014
    "I think the drinking age for 21 and over should stay the same. I think this because less events like accidents and death will happen. At 21 people are more mature then at 18 so they do smarter things. They're more careful with the risk they take and show more caution towards stuff they do. Drinking at a lower age motivates drug use because people below the age of 21 become more curious about drugs. They like the feeling of drinking and start to wonder what's it like for drugs. Since the law for 21 and over drinking in 1982 there was a decline in the percentage of drunk driving accidents. Drinking is like purchasing a handgun, gambling, and buying a car. All of those require responsibility and can have a affect on your life and others. Right now there are a lot of events happening right now from drinking. If the age is lowered it'll get worst over time and more accidents and deaths will occur."
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  • -7 +12 -19 shanice Jan. 8, 2014
    "The drinking age should not be changed! I'm a sophomore and I see idiots everyday drinking is fun. Underage drinking can really ruin your developing brain. It makes it harder for you to focus or learn in school .For example if you come to school drunk you wont know whats going on. It also can have serious long term effects ,say for example say your drinking at a party and start to wonder off meaning start doing immature things like almost kill your self then you wake up and your friends call you and say you almost killed your self last night at the party you was about to jump off the tenth floor of a balcony with this being said they could have hurt or killed someone because of their bad choice. They just cant handle it so why lower the age so we can have more drunk teens acting like idiots and killing there self"
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  • -7 +12 -19 Carlos Jan. 8, 2014
    "It's True That At The Age Of 18 You Are Considered An Adult But At The Same Time You Are Just Starting To Develop Adult Hood. Your Really Not Mentally & Phsyically Ready For Adulthood Until You Reach The Age Of 21"
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  • -7 +13 -20 harley amelia kennse Dec. 28, 2013
    "are you serious why on earth do you want to hurt kids. they are some mentally irresponsible kids that if they got drunk this place we call earth will be a waste land. just 2 weeks ago some drunk kids crashed the neighborhood fence , and that's why you should keep the drinking age."
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  • -7 +12 -19 cadi peaslee Dec. 16, 2013
    "I say no because, teens will think that because they can drink that it gives them power to get away with things. And they would probably abuse the ability to drink at such a young age."
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    • 0 0 0 Ashlee Mar. 17, 2014
      "Sounds like someone had a hard time raising children and/or despises children. I find your argument both flawed and insulting. Insinuating that all teens are the same and they cannot control themselves. This is your future you're talking about."
  • -7 +11 -18 cheyenne Dec. 6, 2013
    "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."
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  • -7 +14 -21 cody Nov. 22, 2013
    "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..."
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  • -7 +20 -27 Jianna Nov. 19, 2013
    "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."
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  • -7 +11 -18 Cassidy Stillwell Nov. 11, 2013
    "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."
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    • +1 +1 0 Nick Dec. 19, 2013
      "Just one comment on this, the teenagers that are "dumb", as you say, and go drunk driving are mostly going to be the ones that already drink illegally. I'm 17 and don't drink, I'm not for or against lowering the drinking age, my parents were 18+ when it was still at 18, they turned out fine(my mother was valedictorian at her high school and drank at 18)."
  • -7 +25 -32 Coma Oct. 28, 2013
    "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."
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  • -7 +14 -21 carol Oct. 27, 2013
    "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"
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    • 0 0 0 My opinion Nov. 14, 2014
      "I have met more mature 18 year olds then 30 year olds. If kids are properly taught about alcohol consumption then it shouldn't be a problem. But our country makes no attempt to teach about alcohol consumption."
  • -7 +8 -15 Mrparent Jul. 20, 2013
    "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."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Cameron Aug. 18, 2013
      "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."
  • -7 +20 -27 Cyndi Callahan Apr. 12, 2013
    "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."
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  • -7 +30 -37 Tom Dec. 30, 2012
    "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."
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    • +3 +3 0 Kerry Jan. 13, 2013
      "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."
  • -8 +8 -16 Mickey Mouse Apr. 9, 2014
    "That would just be silly!"
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    • +5 +5 0 john Apr. 22, 2014
      "your silly!"
  • -8 +11 -19 Shammond Jan. 9, 2014
    "Drinking Age should stay the same age 21 and older. WHEN ALCHOL IS CONSUMED ITS MESSES with this early adult brain. DRINKING INCREASES MEMORY LOSS.DEPRESION AND VIOLENCE. SO WHEN A PERSON DRINKS THEY DON'T FEAR ANYTHING THEY HAVE dangerous risk taking behavior. THEN ON TOP OF THAT YOU MAKE BAD DECISIONS SO WHEN MAKE THE AGE LOWER THEIR WILL BE more frequent assaults and other violent crimes. And already have violent crimes with the drinking age 21 and over so why would lower the drinking age. driving while intoxicated killed as alcohol involved drivers in traffic crashes did their drinking at licensed SO THIS IS A SERIOUS THING PLEASE KEEP THE DRINKING AGE 21 AND OVER."
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  • -8 +12 -20 Lexii Jan. 8, 2014
    "I disgree because teens are already having trouble being responsible sober. Imagine if they had a little to drink, car crashes, killing, grades. It will all have a dramatic down fall. The positive future will no longer be positive. Many teens will begin to drink and more problems will arise. And this is why I disagree."
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  • -8 +22 -30 Kathryn Anne Mar. 15, 2013
    "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."
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  • -8 +37 -45 Haley Feb. 10, 2013
    "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."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Oliver Jul. 18, 2014
      "Funny how none of these problems manifest in other countries. And it takes a great deal of cognitive dissonance to say "People are just immature and can't handle it" when you let them handle guns at the same time."
    • 0 0 0 Nick Dec. 19, 2013
      "So about alcohol negatively effecting the teenage brain this is true, but the brain is still considered in its adolescent stage until it is "fully" developed, I say "fully" due to the fact our bodies are constantly developing. At the earliest, this occurs at 22(22 > 21) and sometimes until 25+(25 > 22 >21). So, if the age is set to match brain development then it should be set to 25, which only parts of India have it set to. So, from what you are saying not even underage drinking is a big mistake, drinking before 25(21+4=25) is a big mistake. As only by 25 will you be sure that your brain is "fully" developed, and out of the adolescent stage where your decision making is more harshly effected(it is always effected)."
    • 0 0 0 Darren Dec. 19, 2013
      "This theory of people magically becoming bad due to alcohol consumption is where the problem lies. People will naturally be who they were brought up to be. If your parents taught you well from a young age then you're not going to have a beer and decide you want to stab someone, you don't "need" to wait until you're 21 in order to drink because people already do it "illegaly." The difference being that you would never be able to tell if said person drinks because they don't act drunk all day. The problem is going to be however big you make it, not everybody is going to drink responsibly no and you're judging everybody that would enjoy a simple beer with their dad simply because there's one idiot out of a thousand that decides they want to try dope too. Stop judging the tree by the one rotten apple. Conclusively you're not any more likely to become addicted to it simply because you're younger, enjoying beer at 18 isn't any different from enjoying it at 21, That's like saying you're more likely to smoke because you did it at 18 rather than 21. Get the thought that maybe not everyone is a bad person and knows how much is too much."
  • -9 +5 -14 Khyliah Hairston Apr. 15, 2014
    "No i do not think the drinking age should be lowered from 21 to a younger age because most young adults are impulsive thinkers therefor we already act before we think and being under the influence of alcohol would make it much worse."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Luis Serrano May. 1, 2014
      "Just cause you act that way doesn't mean other people act the way you do."
  • -9 +4 -13 j.u.v Apr. 15, 2014
    "no because its better that way so that young people don't drink. If they drink they have a chance of dying. It is bad to drink anyways. when you are drunk it causes you to do bad thing do what you don't mean to do and make you say what you don't want to say/."
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  • -9 +7 -16 BCM Apr. 15, 2014
    "No, because kids always think it's cool to be mature and drink, so if they decrease the age, they're increasing things like car wrecks. You know how many drunk drivers kill people? Well, when kids get their cars and their drivers license, they could kill many people and don't mean to do it, because they just came from a party with drinking."
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    • +1 +1 0 tyler May. 18, 2014
      "Teens drink because they cant legally do it. more teens would ask parents or friends for rides because it would be legal. Teens drive drunk because they don't want their parents to know that they were drinking."
  • -9 +9 -18 Annie Apr. 8, 2014
    "I think that they should keep it the same because people aren't very mature at age 18"
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    • +3 +3 0 Vincent Rodriguez May. 1, 2014
      "People mature at a different rate."
    • -2 0 -2 teresa wilt Jul. 24, 2014
      "it should be 22 or 23"
  • -9 +5 -14 Jasmine Apr. 7, 2014
    "Lowering the drinking age will not prevent alcohol abuse from younger people; once you lower it to 18 middle schoolers will start breaking the Law."
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  • -9 +5 -14 cameron Apr. 2, 2014
    "no, people above 21 cant even be responsible abot it so why allow a bigger age group to drink?? just like people want more deaths and more DUI'S i just dont get it"
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  • -9 +2 -11 Ano Mar. 31, 2014
    "The major effect of the lowered age would trickle down as a current high school student is diffucult to obtain alcohol and this has detered my friends and I from drinking"
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  • -9 +10 -19 shane veil Mar. 24, 2014
    "it's dangers."
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  • -9 +6 -15 just wait :-) Jan. 8, 2014
    "I don't think the age should be lowered everything has its time and waiting to be able to drink until 21 years of age would be perfect. it would stop with all the accidents and protect the teenagers from today. why be in such a hurry to drink so you can destroy your own life, I say wait to be 21 years of age."
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    • 0 0 0 Oliver Jul. 18, 2014
      "It does the precise opposite: It let's people at the wheel after drinking alcohol who have no concept of the effect of alcohol on their body."
    • 0 0 0 Jesus Apr. 24, 2014
      "love waits"
  • -9 +5 -14 jimmy Jan. 8, 2014
    "At the age of 18 you already think that you are old enough to drink... If the age goes lower down to 18 your going see more younger teens drinking. A lot of 18 year olds are are in high school still."
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  • -9 +3 -12 Suzette Jan. 8, 2014
    "I think that the age for drinking should not be lowered because the teens who drink should think about the consequences for a longer time so that when they become 21, they could decide if they want to drink and take the consequences."
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  • -9 +12 -21 luis Jan. 8, 2014
    "no, we should not be able because its for our own sake, our brains have yet been fully developed at the age of 21 so why drink and kill our brains, be patient and wait to turn 21 and drink then"
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  • -9 +8 -17 Meme Nov. 14, 2013
    "No because there would be more drunk driving accidents fools"
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    • -1 0 -1 No alcohol for me Apr. 2, 2014
      I really fail to see how that makes any sense. We hear about the dangers of drunk driving all the time. I just went through high school and I know that I was taught a lot about it. Kids know."
    • -2 +1 -3 JL Nov. 18, 2013
      "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."
  • -9 +13 -22 Abby Nov. 4, 2013
    "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.!!!!!!!!!"
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  • -9 +10 -19 Grace Oct. 30, 2013
    "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."
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    • +1 +1 0 Josh Dec. 4, 2013
      "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"
  • -9 +13 -22 Too late smart Sep. 16, 2013
    "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."
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  • -9 +26 -35 Andrew Cados Jul. 28, 2013
    "I don't DRINK, and I'm proud of it"
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    • +1 +3 -2 Grace Oct. 17, 2013
      "just because YOU don't drink doesn't mean others don't. Or don't want to if they're to young."
  • -9 +7 -16 BETTY May. 24, 2013
    "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."
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    • +3 +3 0 Bob Sep. 5, 2013
      "But why stop there if we raised the drinking age to 500 there would be no drunk driving crashes at all right?"
    • +2 +2 0 Randy Nov. 20, 2013
      "Or we could raise the driving age to 25. Both are not going to happen."
  • -9 +12 -21 Matthew D. Apr. 8, 2013
    "OKAY, people drinking makes you do weird things and you could kill people. At a young age it is easier for you to get drunk and it messes with your brain easier when you are under 21 then if you were older give me thumbs up friends!"
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    • 0 0 0 Kate Nov. 11, 2014
      "Did you read the article?"
  • -9 +17 -26 Aleigha Dec. 16, 2012
    "Just because you're 18 or you turn 18 doesn't mean you're responsible enough to have alcohol in your system. 18 is just an age and if they were to allow people under 21 drink alcohol, it would be stupid. They don't suddenly wake up and become mature enough for this, it takes time. Many people won't agree with me because they're immature and don't see the risks and the dangers of allowing this for people under the age of 21. There are so many hurt and abused people that take to abusing themselves to get over the actual pain. Alcohol is one of those. If you've noticed, there are many suicides for alcohol abusers and most of them are under 21. If they allow this for young adults or even children then they will have a whole new problem. Kids are already doing this behind their parents or guardians backs and to think if it was legal there wouldn't be kids left in our world. I hope you agree with me because this is a danger that many of us aren't ready to face yet with making it legal."
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    • +2 +2 0 Kerry Jan. 13, 2013
      "An 18th birthday does not make maturity, but eighteen years of experience should make a person mature enough to decide what to drink.

      Is it "immature" to think that anyone who thinks that 18-year-olds should be responsible is "immature"? Maybe psychological evaluations every several months, regardless of age, should be required prior to allowing someone to drink. Abuse and pain can hit someone at any age."
  • -10 +7 -17 jag Dec. 15, 2014
    "we should ban alcohol all together no more booze"
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    • 0 0 0 Ace Feb. 26, 2015
      "Prohobition isn't the answer. There will be illegal moonshine."
    • -1 0 -1 Dalton Jan. 6, 2015
      "That will never happen. 21 is an appriot age and that when the mind is developed"
  • -10 +9 -19 TJ Jun. 24, 2014
    "The MLDA is too low. It should be raised to 25."
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    • 0 0 0 Sit down Feb. 26, 2015
      "No It should be up to the parents. America."
    • 0 +1 -1 teresa wilt Jul. 24, 2014
      "it should be 23 or 22"
  • -10 +5 -15 bruce Apr. 11, 2014
    "alcohol affects the brain so at 18 should not drink"
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  • -10 +2 -12 Mojozi Mar. 28, 2014
    "Europeans didn't drink before the age of 13, it's illegal. Kiss"
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  • -10 +6 -16 Joe Ginnever Mar. 10, 2014
    "The legal drinking age should be kept at the age of 21 because if it is any lower than 21 the worse the economy will be because more and more people will be alcoholics at a young age and more people will be drunk"
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  • -10 +4 -14 Scott Malawey Mar. 10, 2014
    "Because the lower the drinking age the more people will be alcoholics at a young age and the worse the economy will be because more and more people will be drunk at a young age so the legal drinking age should definitely be heightened"
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  • -10 +3 -13 Sarai Haberlie Mar. 6, 2014
    "I am con because some 21 year olds are not even mature enough to drink better yet lowering the age. I feel like they cant be responsible them selves why lower the age this is coming from someone who knows a non mature 21 year old"
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  • -10 +4 -14 Mike Mar. 6, 2014
    "I think that if the drinking age stays the same there will be less cases of teens making bad decisions"
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  • -10 +7 -17 Jen Mar. 5, 2014
    "Age does not define maturity"
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  • -10 +4 -14 beastman Feb. 19, 2014
    "i am for keeping the law the same but let's enforce it a bit shall we. 45 states allow it for eucational and religous purposes. 25 allow it on private property an with a parent consent. why even have a law if we can break it this easlily. think about it."
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  • -10 +4 -14 Human Feb. 17, 2014
    "...18 is when most teenagers get their driving license... Road is dangerous as is...I don't want the rate of drunk driving to increase ..."
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  • -10 +5 -15 Omar Jan. 26, 2014
    "I believe that drinking has both benefits and negative consequences but I believe the negative consequences outweigh the benefits several times over and therefor not only do I think the legal drinking age should not be lowered but It is my belief that If alcohol were not available at all then this country would be a much better place. As like I said yes it makes people relax and it tastes good to some people and its fun but at the same time it breaks up families, destroys lives, causes deaths. Is fun and good taste worth deaths and broken families? I think not... Its crazy and will never happen in America but I say Alcohol should be illegal totally except for limited medical purpose with prescription."
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  • -10 +9 -19 Michelle Villaobos Jan. 9, 2014
    "I am con to lowering the MLDA from 21 to a lower age because even though 18 is an adulthood age in the U.S I don't think people are ready and mature enough to handle alcohol at that age. 18 is the age where you're legal to make your own opinion and decisions without your parent's approval. So at that age everyone is excited and ready to do all the stuff they wanted to do when they were younger, so if the age of drinking was legal at 18, when people turn 18 that's the first thing they would go to. We'll have to many people going straight to the alcohol and partying. We all know that drinking and parties don't usually end well with teens. 21 is a mature and good age to start drinking.
    If the legal age of drinking is 21 and people with ages 17-20 still drink privately or sneak alcohol. That means that if the legal age were to be 18 that'll give even younger kids like 14, 15 or 16 access to alcohol. Younger kids will sneak it and drink privately. We want to avoid accidents and traffic jams, lowering the drinking age to 18 may cause more kids to be drinking & driving."
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  • -10 +13 -23 carina Jan. 9, 2014
    "The drinking age shouldn't be lowered from 21 to a younger age because it can risk teen's lives. Younger teens might be influenced to drink knowing that 18 year olds have the privilege to. Young teens already do illicit drugs and drinking will make them want to do more. Drinking will interfere with the young adults' brain development. When people drink they can get drunk and getting drunk is dangerous sometimes depending on where you are and who you are with. Teens are still in high school they can lack in school by drinking and having way too much than they should. Exposing such a young age to drinking can mess with young teen's frontal lobes and mess with their emotions. Teens can even become alcoholics and by the time they get older they will have lots of problems with drinking and will need rehab."
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  • -10 +9 -19 Darryl Blackman Jan. 9, 2014
    "Con because younger people don't need to drink. This is so because drinking at a young age can interfere with development of the young adult brain's frontal lobes. When drinking at a young age it messes with your head, with memory loss, violence, and suicide is greater. And being an adult doesn't mean you should drink then because they said under the age is bad but be an adult means that you will drink more and that will cause you to go crazy and in extreme cases you might kill yourself. Drinking plays with your mind, when you are drunk you don't know what you're doing and then once it wears the hangovers are killer. In 2009, the 21- to 24-year-old age group had the highest percentage of drivers in fatal crashes with blood-alcohol concentration levels of .08 or higher. Then allowing people under age to drink can cause them to start drinking in unsupervised places such as fraternity houses or house parties where they may be more prone to binge drinking and other unsafe behavior. Turning 18 entails receiving the rights to drink and I think that this is good."
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  • -10 +7 -17 mike mcclom Sep. 28, 2013
    "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."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Joe Oct. 1, 2013
      "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."
  • -10 +16 -26 Heather Apr. 22, 2013
    "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."
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  • -11 +4 -15 Evan Irwin Mar. 25, 2014
    "drinking can dull your senses"
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  • -11 +6 -17 hazel michalis Mar. 18, 2014
    "I am 17 and I believe that the drinking age should not be lowered because your brain is not fully developed at 18 years old. When you are 18 you don't know how much you can handle and when to stop drinking. When you are younger and drink you have more of a chance of becoming an alcoholic. When you are young you feel invisible and don't think many bad things can happen to you... or you are just too immature to realize that you need to slow down on the drinks. When you are young and drink your friends are immature and encourage you to drink more and do crazy things like streaking or stuff like that. when you are 21 your friends are more likely to tell you that you need to slow down or stop drinking."
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    • +3 +4 -1 Erwin Apr. 8, 2014
      ""When you are 18 you don't know how much you can handle and when to stop drinking." Ok so tell that to all the Europeans and Hispanic nations around the world and see if your argument is even close to being correct. I highly doubt it. Your argument is now invalid."
  • -11 +11 -22 Annie Jan. 15, 2014
    "There would be so many more accidents if we lowered it and it causes brain damage like memory loss. Why are we even THINKING about this?"
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  • -11 +8 -19 shy shy Jan. 12, 2014
    "I think that the age limit is fine the way it is, because if they were to bring down the age liimt, kids would be coming to school drunk, it would make more problems in our modern life time, then once one child see some other kid do it they want to do it to "monkey see monkey do "."
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  • -11 +8 -19 Ashley Jan. 9, 2014
    "I highly disagree and take side with the Cons. All the pros are just voting down the cons arguments of why those under 21 should not be allowed to drink. Those teens following the Pros are at risk of many things. Some people even get sexually assaulted because they were under the influence. I have even seen accidents happen in front of me because they were drinking and driving. Lowering the drinking age will only increase the number of teens that drink and also those who use other drugs. The MLDA should stay at 21 because that is the age people tend to be more mature and responsible for what they are doing. By the age of 21 our brains are finishing their development. If kids begin drinking early and heavy they never finish developing in some areas. Some think lowering the MLDA21 would be good for the economy but it really isn't. The rates of drinking among us high school students have dropped. Also the earlier a person begins drinking alcohol; they have a greater chance of becoming an alcoholic later in their life. Drinking can wait; it doesn't have to happen right away in life. You are just taking bigger risky of not fully developing. But you are giving yourself and others more life time."
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  • -11 +7 -18 destiny is coming Oct. 4, 2013
    "thats not right that gives middle & high schoolers
    good access to alcohol"
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  • -11 +7 -18 MGM46 May. 3, 2013
    "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."
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    • +1 +1 0 Dalton Jan. 6, 2015
      "that has nothing to do with the age. some people can handle it better than others. the limit should stay the same because that is an appriot age and that is when the mind is fully developed"
  • -11 +15 -26 dr.rockzoidococaine Jan. 18, 2013
    "hello whole dang world i just wanna say something, drinking is for those above 20, only those mature enough get the privilege of having an achoholic beverage"
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    • +6 +6 0 Brooklynn Apr. 26, 2013
      "So you have to be over 20 to be mature? ... Does that mean you don't have to be mature to kill and die for your country? Back up your argument before you state random nonsense."
  • -19 +16 -35 john Dec. 16, 2012
    "because kids are irresponsible, and there brains are still developing even after 21. It is unhealthy for someone to consume alcohol. Have there whole lives ahead of them to drink them selves stupid, they can wait another 3 years"
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    • +9 +9 0 Kerry Jan. 13, 2013
      "At what point are "kids" no longer kids? Saying that some people opt to spend their whole lives drinking "them selves (themselves) stupid" implies that there may not be a reasonable age to grant rights and responsibilities to some.

      If 18-year-olds' brains are not adequately developed and incapable of knowing what to drink on a Friday night, then why do we give them the right to make decisions with global implications, like voting for national officials. How can we try them as adults in the criminal justice system?

      Also, not everyone will agree that alcohol consumption is universally unhealthy. There is research that indicates that consumption of some forms of alcohol in the right quantities has health benefits."
    • +1 +2 -1 Kerry is right!!!! Nov. 5, 2014
      "Kerry is right if we could vote and fight for the country then why cant we drink at 18?"
    • 0 +1 -1 gage Jan. 16, 2015
      "hi i dont agree with u but i agree with kerry"
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