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Changing the drinking age to 18? Good idea or not?

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Yesterday we went to a family gathering for Father's Day. Throughout the day beer and other alcoholic beverages were available as it ususally is with family gatherings.

My younger cousin (20) was there. Several family members offered him a drink, but he refused because he isnt 21. Now I know you are probably thinking that he just didn't want to drink around family, but that is not the case. He is in the military. His dream since he was a little boy was to be in the military. Anyway, he is a rule follower and would never knowingly or deliberately break a rule that could effect his military career.

I wondered about it all day though. Do you think the legal drinking age should be lowered in the United States? After all people can vote, enter into legal and binding contracts, buy tobacco products, permanently alter their bodies and serve their country at 18 years old, why not be able to legally drink as well? 

Thoughts? 

by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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MamaMerkle126
by on Jun. 20, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Does it really matter? Regardless of what age people are SUPPOSED to be allowed to drink, they're always going to do it underage anyway. At 21, they'll drink at 18. Drop it to 18 and it'll be 16. Not that kids nowadays don't get to do whatever they want anyway, with all the horrible parents out there.

Addysm0mma82001
by on Jun. 20, 2013 at 1:43 AM

If you risk your life for this country, you should be able to drink! That is just MO, you can buy cigs porn, anything an adult can do so why not?

DandJsGrandma
by on Jun. 20, 2013 at 2:48 AM

No! Leave it at 21! Member of MADD whose been personally affected by drunk driving. 

azeventdiva
by on Jun. 20, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Yes, I think 18 is fine. Although, it would be nice if there was some way of stipulating that they had to also be out of high school first, as that could open a box of worms for other younger under age drinkers.

OliviasMommy611
by on Jun. 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM
I'm fine with whatever. Lol
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by Maranda on Jun. 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM

I think it should be lowered. I mean, you can go away and die for your country, but you can't have a drink?

TempestRayne
by Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 5:12 PM
Me too. I would actually like to raise the legal age for most everything, however, to 21 or even 25.


Quoting illinoismommy83:

21 is fine drinking age. Give the body time to develop into maturity. If anything I'd like to raise the drinking age. 


jglasser7682
by Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM

I actually agree with MOMTK2000. I think that maybe 28 is a bit too high to raise the age but I sometimes think that it should probably be raised by just a couple years. I fully admit that when I was a teenager I did drink & party with my friends but if I knew then what I know now I most likely wouldn't have done it.

Yes, the legal age for buying cigarettes is 18 & cigarettes can kill you but smoking a cigarette isn't going to get some other innocent person killed if the smoker gets behind the wheel and drives after having a cigarette.

I went to school with several people who drank & partied as teenagers and even upwards to 19 - 20 years old and still weren't responsible enough to get drunk & stay at home or stay at the house they were drinking at and ended up driving & killing either themselves or other innocent people who just so happened to be on the road at the same time. Drinking impairs your ability to think & it slows down your motor skills which makes you unable to respond quick enough in an emergency situation. In my opinion there are already too many innocent people dying from drunk drivers who were way over the age of 21 but still weren't responsible or mature enough to not drink and drive so why lower the drinking age because all that is going to do is up the odds of drunk driving fatalities.

 

 

Quoting Reina13:

Why would you think it would make it worse? Why would you want to raise it to 28?  Tobacco products which you can buy at 18 can kill you. Serving your country can get you killed. Why is drinking any different?

Im not being snarky, I honestly want your opinion. Other countries have a lower drinking age. Im not sure, but I think ours is the highest age so Im curious why you think the way you do.

Quoting MOMTK2000:

I REALLY TRULY feel changing the drinking age to 18 is worse, i feel 21 is bad enough, so how is changing it to an earlier age gonna make it better? i sometimes wonder if it shouldn't change to a later age like 28, cause by that age i feel the yoiunger generation is more mature and responsible by then.

 

 

Octoberjoy
by New Member on Jun. 24, 2013 at 5:35 PM

It's an interesting question. I would like to see clubs do away with 18 for girls 21for women. With the drinking age at 21 it's encourages underage drinking along with the thought that I need to like sleep with a guy cause he bought me a drink. Or worse the guy might believe he has the right to sleep with her for buying the drink.

1squishysmom
by on Jun. 24, 2013 at 5:54 PM

We have 2 boys, ages 20 and 17. Honestly, I would have no problem with our now 17yo drinking a few beers at 18. I am fairly sure that he would be responsible enough to do so, such as not driving when he has a couple. Just his personality makes me sense this.

Thinking of our 20yo, however, I wish the legal drinking age were 30. We vacationed in Canada last year, and he was so excited to have a few beers! We walked everywhere, so there was no driving involved. He may surprise us all and not jump into a car, completely drunk, thinking he can do anything and nothing bad could EVER happen to him. I just pray he stops and realizes what he's doing before it's too late. He just doesn't seem "ripe" yet. Love him to death, but he scares the hell out of me.

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