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

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  • +71 +122 -51 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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  • +45 +101 -56 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 +6 -4 alex kraftchick Mar. 9, 2015
      "that is totally right"
    • -2 +2 -4 darkius Feb. 11, 2016
      "thats right, but if they got drunk in the military, you would shoot bad or do friendly fire"
  • +17 +56 -39 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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  • +16 +54 -38 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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  • +11 +36 -25 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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  • +7 +18 -11 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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  • +5 +17 -12 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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  • +4 +15 -11 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 0 0 Daniel Kufer May. 26, 2016
      "Countries with 16 for beer and wine and 18 for hard liquor are Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and maybe Liechtenstein"
  • +3 +18 -15 Bob Saggett Nov. 5, 2015
    "i cant even walk and drink what makes you think ill drink and drive"
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    • -2 0 -2 Darkius Feb. 11, 2016
      "im for the cons but man that is a good one, btw your not bob saggott, unless you really are the gameshow host"
  • +3 +16 -13 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."
  • +2 +16 -14 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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  • +2 +17 -15 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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  • +2 +13 -11 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 +14 -12 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 +17 -15 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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  • +2 +14 -12 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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    • 0 +2 -2 responsible adult May. 6, 2014
      "I'm a responsible adult, can I have a tank?"
  • +1 +2 -1 Danen Settles May. 11, 2016
    "Yes 18 year olds should be able to drink because they are adults, and adults should be able to make their own decisions"
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  • +1 +10 -9 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 +9 -8 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 +12 -11 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 +14 -13 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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    • 0 0 0 Daniel Kufer May. 26, 2016
      "Assuming there is a cultural ideal of alcohol in moderation like there is in much of Europe (not including UK)"
    • 0 0 0 Tracie Jan. 12, 2016
      "Sure have all the fun you want KILLING PEOPLE!!!!!"
  • +1 +19 -18 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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  • +1 +16 -15 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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  • 0 +1 -1 Tyler May. 3, 2016
    "Yeah they should definitely lower the drinking age, I'm so sick of having to bum alcohol off of people at frat parties. It's such a hassle, I hate it. Plus if you are able to go die for your country in heart and honor, then you should be allowed to have a little sip of beer. Such bull crap. The justice system is so messed up."
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    • 0 0 0 Josh May. 5, 2016
      "You are not going and dieing for your country in heart and honor, so why even bring that point up. You honestly make me question the type of people I am serving for. If you were serving then you would understand that you do get to drink in the military anytime you are deployed to a country with a lower drinking age."
  • 0 +4 -4 James Feb. 10, 2016
    "If you are responsible enough to go server for you country, then I think you should be able to go and drink an alcoholic beverage."
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  • 0 +5 -5 Luna Feb. 1, 2016
    "i think it should be lowered to your earaly teen years when you first start to to be seen as growing up and get responsabilities."
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  • 0 +11 -11 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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  • 0 +10 -10 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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  • 0 +12 -12 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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  • 0 +15 -15 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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  • 0 +12 -12 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 +18 -18 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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  • -1 0 -1 Michele Jul. 26, 2016
    "I believe it should be lowered to 18. Legally you are an Adult at 18 and are expected to act as one. But society also believes that we aren't mature enough to make a decision about drinking at that age. We can die for our country, vote for president and be tried as an adult in court but can't drink. Why at 18 we are allow to make decisions about who runs the whole country but not about what we are putting into our own body with out breaking the law?"
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  • -1 0 -1 Robert Jul. 8, 2016
    "If there is a legal limit to how much you can have at once and those between 16 and 25 have a breathalyzer in their cars, a lower limit is OK IMO, at least down to 18, possibly even 16. We need education on how not to get drunk as the key component of education and to resist peer pressure at parties to drink in excess quantities. It becomes less of a forbidden fruit that way. If you can get alcohol from regulated sources who give you only certain amounts, then you are less likely to get them from friends who are unregulated. If schools and parents help identify getting drunk or drink driving, then help can be administered."
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  • -1 0 -1 Daniel Kufer May. 26, 2016
    "If you don't want your kids getting drunk, you should probably show them how to drink responsibly. Also, the best way to do that is to lead by example. Show them what to do, not what not to do. That's what happens in wet cultures like Germany, France, Italy, etc. With a 21 drinking age, how are people supposed to learn how to drink properly before they're independent?"
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  • -1 +1 -2 Devon Bryce Apr. 18, 2016
    "I feel like all the people who are against the legal age being lowered do not actually know if it will help the problem or cure the problem. They are just going based of bad insinuations. when actually we don't really know what it would be like. Many are right about the fact that if we are old enough to be treated as adults let us really be adults and maybe we would be in this situation. I believe we need to work towards this movement and get the age lowered."
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  • -1 +2 -3 Karmen Mar. 9, 2016
    "One of two things should happen; the drinking age should be lowered to every states age of majority or the age of majority should all be raised to the drinking age. If you are considered an adult, you should be able to drink. If you are trusted to act like an adult then you should be trusted to drink as adults do."
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  • -1 +17 -18 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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  • -2 +2 -4 cheyenne Mar. 3, 2016
    "yes because their going to drink at a younger age anyway i think if we let up and maybe allow 17-18 year olds drink not so many kids will be arrested or trying to be all big and bad or rebellious!!!!!!!!"
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  • -2 +4 -6 AudreyC. Jan. 15, 2016
    "The drinking age should be lowered because, when a teen turns 18 they become a legal adult. And all adults should be able to drinking. If you can fight for your country at 18 you should be able to drink."
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  • -2 +4 -6 Jordan LaFayette Jan. 15, 2016
    "i think drinking age should lower to 18 because how are people with so much drama in there life supposed to stop it. or so when your in collage you can actually drink at frap parties and not get arrested or a ticket or anything from the cops."
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  • -2 +4 -6 xandar Jan. 15, 2016
    "It should be lowed because 18 is when you become out of your teens.Then you have control of your life not other people. you will make your choice."
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  • -2 +4 -6 lydia Jan. 15, 2016
    "once you turn 18 you should be allowed to drink. if you know your not responsible enough then only drink 1 alcoholic beverage. your an adult. so you should be able to drink responsibly and respectfully. when your 18 your a adult. you can be tried as an adult in court. you can join the army. so why cant you have a beer? there's nothing wrong with lowering the drinking age. when you go to a party you almost always have a friend go with you. so one of you take turns being the dd (designated driver), and if your ever in a situation where your both drunk. call your parents. they'll be glad you called instead of driving under the influence. as an adult you have rights to vote. your trusted to vote. why aren't you trusted to drink? drinking is only bad if you an alcoholic or a drunk driver. other then that you just have to be responsible."
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  • -2 +6 -8 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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  • -2 +6 -8 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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  • -2 +7 -9 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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  • -3 +3 -6 A Jan. 15, 2016
    "Drinking should be lowered to 19 if on privet premises with parent or guardian consent."
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  • -3 +4 -7 Fonzie Goebel Dec. 16, 2015
    "You are considered an adult when you're 18, so if you can smoke and watch porn when you're 18, you should be able to drink alcohol!"
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    • 0 0 0 Audrey C. Jan. 26, 2016
      "I completely agree with you."
  • -3 +6 -9 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."
  • -3 +5 -8 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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  • -3 +5 -8 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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  • -3 +11 -14 Person Apr. 24, 2014
    "Cause I want beer."
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  • -4 0 -4 kora :) May. 6, 2016
    "i think we should lower it to age 11"
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    • +1 +1 0 Daniel Kufer May. 26, 2016
      "In central European countries, parents can serve their kids beer at age 12. They can't purchase it till they're 16"
  • -4 +4 -8 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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  • -4 +5 -9 Honeyimhome Apr. 27, 2015
    "you should be able to drink a cold one when your 18"
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  • -4 +4 -8 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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  • -4 +6 -10 Drake Mar. 9, 2015
    "If you can serve we can drink"
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  • -4 +5 -9 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."'"
  • -5 +7 -12 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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  • -5 +15 -20 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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  • -5 +4 -9 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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  • -5 +5 -10 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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  • -5 +3 -8 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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  • -5 +8 -13 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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  • -5 +3 -8 abigail Jan. 13, 2015
    "you forgot personal reasons or more heath"
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  • -5 +7 -12 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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  • -5 +2 -7 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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  • -5 +2 -7 Kar May. 22, 2014
    "At 18, you can fight for your country but you cannot drink ? Sounds ridiculous to me."
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  • -5 +1 -6 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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  • -5 +3 -8 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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  • -5 +4 -9 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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  • -5 +7 -12 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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  • -5 +3 -8 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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  • -5 +7 -12 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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  • -5 +4 -9 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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  • -5 +4 -9 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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  • -5 +4 -9 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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  • -5 +9 -14 Lord Voldemort Apr. 9, 2014
    "Jesus said it's ok. I talked to him about it."
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    • -4 0 -4 bair Apr. 22, 2014
      "i cant even.. XD XD XD"
  • -6 +1 -7 Aiden Dwight Jan. 15, 2016
    "Yes because people would be having more car accidents.
    it would make younger teens drunk and careless.
    it would completely stupid to lower the age because many people would die because the teens would be unreponsible."
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  • -6 +2 -8 lachapichapi Jan. 12, 2016
    "i think that they should lower drinking age because now a day kid want to grow so fast and act like adult"
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  • -6 +11 -17 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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  • -6 +3 -9 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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  • -6 +4 -10 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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  • -6 +2 -8 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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  • -6 +1 -7 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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  • -6 +1 -7 Annie Sep. 8, 2014
    "the drinking age should go back to 18 like it was only 20 years ago."
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  • -6 +1 -7 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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  • -6 +3 -9 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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  • -6 +2 -8 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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  • -7 +2 -9 thad Apr. 20, 2015
    "my brother was in the military at age 18 but cant drink"
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  • -7 0 -7 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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  • -7 +4 -11 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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  • -7 +4 -11 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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  • -7 +2 -9 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!"
  • -9 +2 -11 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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  • -10 +3 -13 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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  • -12 +5 -17 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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    • +2 +2 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."
    • +2 +2 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."
  • -13 0 -13 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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  • -14 0 -14 taylor Apr. 17, 2015
    "yes i agree it should lowered to 15 and up"
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  • -25 +4 -29 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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  • +3 +7 -4 Josh May. 5, 2016
    "Those of you who think, because are old enough to serve, you are old enough to drink, probably are not serving. I am having and I think that none of you have the right to say that, and those of you who are serving should ask your self if you joined just to say that phrase. Also if you are serving then you probably will be allowed to drink when you are deployed in other countries. The age limit should remain or possibly go up considering all the problems alcohol can be linked with."
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  • +2 +5 -3 Reese May. 3, 2016
    "All of yall who want the drinking age to be lowered to 18 are all frat kids18,19, ans 20 year olds. Once yall turn 21 yall womt care about this mo more. Yall need to worry about what you're gonna do in life, not getting your hands on booze."
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  • 0 +8 -8 Briana Apr. 4, 2016
    "Lowering the drinking age to me is a major risk. It can increase the rates of death and abuse. I think we should just keep it at 21 years of age and to not change it. From where I'm at, any child who is under age commits a crime not ONLY the teen gets arrested but the PARENTS gets arrested as well because of their child's behaver."
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  • 0 +8 -8 Noobgaming103 Mar. 4, 2016
    "Lower drinking age means more accidents with minors and unexperienced drivers."
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  • 0 +21 -21 Ella Jan. 15, 2016
    "I believe that the drinking age should not be lowered. Teenagers already have drinking and drug problems as is, lowering the drinking age just encourages that. I also believe that people under 21 may not be mature about drinking and it soon could be out of control."
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    • +1 +1 0 b Apr. 11, 2016
      "If the drinking age was lowered it wouldnt be the "cool" thing to do. Not all teenagers would be sneaking to parties they arent suppose to be at just to drink. Nor, would they drink as much because like I said it would no longer be the "cool" thing to do."
  • -1 +16 -17 Karl Jan. 15, 2016
    "I think the drinking age should stay because newly legal drivers are already getting into accidents just imagine them with a beer in their hands."
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    • 0 0 0 lele Apr. 7, 2016
      "so just wait tell they are older to get in a accident??"
  • -1 +28 -29 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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  • -2 +1 -3 smart person Jul. 12, 2016
    "If any of ya'll think that 18 is an ok age to drink-heck no! Your brain is still developing and won't stop until about your late 20's.

    P.S 18 is not a GOOD age to serve, i think around mid-20's is good"
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  • -2 +11 -13 Logan Johnson Feb. 11, 2016
    "if drinking age is lowered, there will be more accidents and more people who will be threatened, on the news, you hear about people dying from drunk or buzzed driving. why should so many young people die at 21, when if we want to lower the age, more people will have a tombstone over their heads"
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  • -2 +11 -13 Egliz Peraza Feb. 5, 2016
    "Hear is what i think, if you lower the drinking age the teens will get so caught up on drinking there brain cells get slower they would get so caught up they would drop of school. There be more problem than now."
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  • -2 +13 -15 Logan Mease Jan. 26, 2016
    "lowering the drinking age would cause many undeveloped teenagers to have access to those beverages. They can get in the way of the developing process and can cause someone to live a life that they don't like. The stress of being caught can cause one to commit suicide or homicide because of their depression and what comes with it."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Josh Jan. 29, 2016
      "Are people above 21 responsible about drinking? It might as well be lowered, because it is done regardless."
  • -2 +17 -19 Ray Jan. 20, 2016
    "Many people drink and it is not good for you. Then why would we let even more people drink?"
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    • +1 +1 0 seth Aug. 24, 2016
      "drinking is actually good for you if it is in moderation know what your saying before you publish BS"
  • -3 +24 -27 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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  • -4 +32 -36 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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  • -5 +17 -22 Anonymous Nov. 28, 2015
    "There is a difference between fighting for your country and your own personal enjoyment. At least when going to fight you are doing it for a noble cause...drinking you can control and most of the time when people do, they lose it quickly. Once kids turn twenty-one, most of them go out and drink a whole lot and then usually end up in car accidents or other bad situations. Drinking, if not controlled correctly can be very damaging to the brain. Not to mention the fact that the brain does not fully develop until age twenty-five. So I think the law is being generous when they say twenty-one, hey, it gave you four extra years. Voting, is a whole different issue. People can vote at eighteen because it is their right as an adult and law-abiding citizen of this country. Drinking is not a right, it is a privilege."
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    • +3 +3 0 Anonymous Jan. 1, 2016
      "Hey chuck, it isn't my fault that society makes it a big deal to drink, I couldn't care less about drinking so long as I'm safe. It sounds like you're the one who is making it a big deal. Guess what, this isn't any other country but the U.S. I never said that everyone who drinks has brain damage, I'm sure many people drink responsibly, but that doesn't mean that everyone does. Also, maybe YOU should put some research into your replies because drinking has EVERYTHING to do with brain damage. It effects your speech, memory and walking, and it doesn't take a lot of drinks to do it. I have not been outside of the U.S. before. I haven't had much of a chance to, but that also means that I've lived in the U.S. all of my life. I have watched countless news reports of teenagers drinking, driving, getting themselves killed as well as other people killed. Maybe the government is trying to keep you AND me safe by making laws for safety. By the way, I DID put research into this reply so how about you stop telling me what I should and shouldn't do."
    • -1 +1 -2 chuck Dec. 2, 2015
      "Have you ever even been outside the U.S.? Almost every country on earth has a lower drinking age than the U.S. Drinking before 21 has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with brain growth, that is something MADD has brainwashed people like you into thinking is fact. So with your theory since Germany has a drinking age of 16 that means that everyone in that country has a damaged brain? NO, they are the most productive people on the planet. And your argument that people turn 21, drink a lot and cause accidents.....the 21 law is the exact cause of that!!!! Because our society makes it a big deal to drink is exactly why people use it irresponsibly! I've been to dozens of other countries and they don't have half the problems we do with alcohol because its not a big deal for a 19 year old man or woman to have a beer. You need to do a lot more research before trying to argue a point like this."
  • -5 +15 -20 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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  • -6 +6 -12 bronson Jan. 15, 2016
    "no, lowering the age limit for drinking would mean that beginner drivers will more likely make the mistake of drinking and driving"
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  • -6 +9 -15 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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  • -6 +9 -15 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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  • -6 +14 -20 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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  • -6 +23 -29 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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  • -7 +16 -23 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 Jen Mar. 5, 2014
    "Age does not define maturity"
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  • -7 +16 -23 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 +16 -23 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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  • -8 +9 -17 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 +1 0 KGB Dec. 10, 2015
      ""Autistic" is not the same thing as "alcoholic" and it's seriously wince-inducing and ableist to compare the two. You realize you are making fun of a disability affecting over 3.5 million Americans, right? Seriously."
    • 0 0 0 Vu Dec. 8, 2015
      "their own rampant desires.
      That was so true."
  • -8 +27 -35 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."
  • -8 +9 -17 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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  • -8 +10 -18 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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  • -8 +27 -35 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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  • -8 +10 -18 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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  • -8 +19 -27 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?"
  • -8 +24 -32 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?"
  • -8 +17 -25 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!
    Seriously.
    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"
  • -8 +15 -23 teresa wilt Jul. 24, 2014
    "the age should stay at 21 or age should be higher"
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  • -8 +13 -21 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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  • -8 +20 -28 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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    • 0 +2 -2 Oliver Jul. 18, 2014
      "Well, you couldn't think of a proper argument..."
  • -8 +13 -21 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..."
  • -8 +6 -14 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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  • -8 +14 -22 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 +17 -25 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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  • -8 +13 -21 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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  • -8 +16 -24 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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  • -8 +13 -21 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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    • +1 +1 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."
  • -8 +23 -31 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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  • -8 +14 -22 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 +2 -1 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)."
  • -8 +26 -34 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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  • -8 +15 -23 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."
  • -9 +6 -15 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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  • -9 +3 -12 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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  • -9 +7 -16 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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  • -9 +22 -31 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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  • -9 +8 -17 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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  • -9 +9 -18 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
      "Jorge,

      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."
  • -9 +35 -44 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"
  • -9 +34 -43 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!!"
  • -9 +14 -23 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."
  • -9 +21 -30 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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  • -9 +6 -15 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 +5 -14 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 +8 -17 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 Mickey Mouse Apr. 9, 2014
    "That would just be silly!"
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    • +5 +5 0 john Apr. 22, 2014
      "your silly!"
  • -9 +10 -19 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 +6 -15 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 +6 -15 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 +12 -21 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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  • -9 +11 -20 evan Mar. 31, 2014
    "no 10,228 people in 2010 have died from drunk driving"
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  • -9 +6 -15 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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  • -9 +6 -15 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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  • -9 +6 -15 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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  • -9 +6 -15 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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  • -9 +7 -16 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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  • -9 +11 -20 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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  • -9 +15 -24 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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  • -9 +18 -27 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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  • -9 +11 -20 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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  • -9 +7 -16 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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    • +1 +1 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."
    • +1 +1 0 Jesus Apr. 24, 2014
      "love waits"
  • -9 +13 -22 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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  • -9 +6 -15 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 +4 -13 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 +13 -22 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 +15 -24 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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  • -9 +9 -18 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
      "JL,
      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 +11 -20 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 +24 -33 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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  • -9 +9 -18 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 +8 -18 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 +3 -13 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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  • -10 +8 -18 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."
  • -10 +7 -17 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 +11 -21 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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  • -10 +12 -22 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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  • -10 +14 -24 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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  • -11 +6 -17 bruce Apr. 11, 2014
    "alcohol affects the brain so at 18 should not drink"
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  • -11 +3 -14 Mojozi Mar. 28, 2014
    "Europeans didn't drink before the age of 13, it's illegal. Kiss"
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  • -11 +11 -22 shane veil Mar. 24, 2014
    "it's dangers."
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  • -13 +10 -23 TJ Jun. 24, 2014
    "The MLDA is too low. It should be raised to 25."
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    • +1 +1 0 Sit down Feb. 26, 2015
      "No It should be up to the parents. America."
    • -2 +1 -3 teresa wilt Jul. 24, 2014
      "it should be 23 or 22"
  • -13 +7 -20 Evan Irwin Mar. 25, 2014
    "drinking can dull your senses"
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  • -13 +10 -23 destiny is coming Oct. 4, 2013
    "thats not right that gives middle & high schoolers
    good access to alcohol"
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  • -16 +13 -29 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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