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    4 3.28%
  • Older than 21. Raise it even higher!

    3 2.46%
  • Leave it at 21 (in the USA).

    23 18.85%
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  • 19

    7 5.74%
  • 18

    54 44.26%
  • 17

    3 2.46%
  • 16

    4 3.28%
  • Below 16.

    4 3.28%
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    I am in military and from my perspective, its a tough call. I am fine where the drinking age is at right now. Most 18 year olds in the military are just coming out of basic military training. Many that I have meet are still kids by all intensive purposes. They are grown up enough to learn and do a job, but I don't think they are mature enough to consume alcohol. Hell, even a lot of 21+ year olds are not mature enough to consume alcohol. If military kids right out of technical training could drink, oh lord!! It would be a mess!
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Capster78 View Post
    I am in military and from my perspective, its a tough call. I am fine where the drinking age is at right now. Most 18 year olds in the military are just coming out of basic military training. Many that I have meet are still kids by all intensive purposes. They are grown up enough to learn and do a job, but I don't think they are mature enough to consume alcohol. Hell, even a lot of 21+ year olds are not mature enough to consume alcohol. If military kids right out of technical training could drink, oh lord!! It would be a mess!
    Funny, though.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    Quite simply wrong.

    Raising the drinking age to 21 lowered traffic accidents and related deaths all over the USA.

    No one is forced to join the USA's all-volunteer military.

    Allowing young people to drink alcohol is a totally unrelated issue which impacts everyone who uses our nation's highway's and roads.

    Case closed as far as I'm concerned.
    Expect for the fact they have to sign up for selective services and can draft at anytime.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpgrad08 View Post
    Expect for the fact they have to sign up for selective services and can draft at anytime.



    The USA is not likely to use the draft anytime soon.

    We can cross that bridge when we come to it.

    The USA's legal alcohol sales age will not be lowered anytime soon.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    How about: You can drink or drive between 18 and 21: pick one.
    Since I still don't have a license in my thirties, I'd pick the drinking. But in reality, teens still do both and it is more likely that they would be doing both when unsupervised because they are trying to hide their drinking and/or have no one to show them how to drink responsibly rather than restricting them from drinking til they are out of their parents' house, likely in college, where most of the drinking is going to be at parties and is going to be majorly irresponsible.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Capster78 View Post
    I am in military and from my perspective, its a tough call. I am fine where the drinking age is at right now. Most 18 year olds in the military are just coming out of basic military training. Many that I have meet are still kids by all intensive purposes. They are grown up enough to learn and do a job, but I don't think they are mature enough to consume alcohol. Hell, even a lot of 21+ year olds are not mature enough to consume alcohol. If military kids right out of technical training could drink, oh lord!! It would be a mess!
    Having been that 18 year old in the military, I can tell you that we don't wait til we are 21 to drink. I was drinking while in school (my school was 18 months long, part of which was in an area where every student lived offbase, in our own apartments/houses in NY for 6 months, lots of parties, and many of us lived with someone who was old enough to purchase alcohol). Most 18 year olds are more than capable of drinking responsibly. Sure there are some idiots who can't, but they are going to do it whether the law says they should or not. The guy we had drown while in school wasn't saved because of the current drinking laws and stronger enforcement wouldn't have done squat. Underage drinking wasn't responsible for his death, drinking and doing something stupid was, something which is not limited by age. We tried prohibition. It failed miserably.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    By age 21, young people can buy alcohol, tobacco, vote and serve in the army. Not before. We have to give them time to become men.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by loader View Post
    By age 21, young people can buy alcohol, tobacco, vote and serve in the army. Not before. We have to give them time to become men.
    There is currently only one of those that cannot be done at age 18. And it is easily argued that it takes much more maturity to make an informed vote than it does to drink alcohol responsibly. Most people over 21 are incapable of informed voting.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    I find it odd that no one has proposed raising the military age to 21.

    I guess sacrificing our kids remains popular!
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    I would go with 18.....like most others I think those that can die in battle should be allowed to buy a drink. I also like the idea of anyone with a Military ID being served with one.

    Although I don't think they will change the laws. Now going forward they can cite safety reasons as any main reason for Society.

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