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Thread: Legal drinking age?

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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.
    Raise the age to 70, and we'll have fewer wars, more responsible voting, and less abuse of alcohol and tobacco.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    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.
    Since the question was about the legal drinking age, I was proposing a solution. If the discussion becomes about a test for being responsible, I'll address that then. As for you not having your license, good luck on your next try.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    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.
    You are correct. I was drinking when I was 15 years old. And many who join the military at 18 have already had alcohol as well. But I garuntee you that the threat of being kicked out for underage drinking does prevent many from drinking who would otherwise drink if that policy was not around. When these kids are in basic, technical school and at their first base, they live in dorm rooms. The dorm rooms are regularly inspected and if alcohol is found they are immediately given an article 15. That is a HUGE deterent that keeps many young military members from drinking. And if they do drink, it forces them to be responsible enough not to get caught doing it by doing something stupid while being drunk.

    The military does not play around with under age drinking, or alcohol in general. If you are an irresponsible drinker, you will find the door quickly hitting yourself in the ass. It has gotten to the point now where even responsible drinkers are feeling the heat.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    People seem stuck only on the military aspect of this. What about the voting aspect? If you are mature enough to vote for who runs the govt be it local, state or federal why are you not considered mature enough to drink? Personally I cannot fathom how someone would consider drinking a bigger responsibility than voting.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    I dont think there is any diffrence between putting the line between ages 18-21 therefore i prefer to set the line at age 18.
    Why 18 years old guy cant drink beer or voting? responsibility? and when he will be 21 years old he will be more responsible?
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    You're allowed to join the military at 17, so should you be allowed to drink.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quag View Post
    People seem stuck only on the military aspect of this. What about the voting aspect? If you are mature enough to vote for who runs the govt be it local, state or federal why are you not considered mature enough to drink? Personally I cannot fathom how someone would consider drinking a bigger responsibility than voting.
    You should be able to vote at 17 as well, again, if you're allowed to join the military, you should be able to drink and vote. (As shown by the last 2 Presidential elections, not in that order necessarily)

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    Since the question was about the legal drinking age, I was proposing a solution. If the discussion becomes about a test for being responsible, I'll address that then. As for you not having your license, good luck on your next try.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Capster78 View Post
    You are correct. I was drinking when I was 15 years old. And many who join the military at 18 have already had alcohol as well. But I garuntee you that the threat of being kicked out for underage drinking does prevent many from drinking who would otherwise drink if that policy was not around. When these kids are in basic, technical school and at their first base, they live in dorm rooms. The dorm rooms are regularly inspected and if alcohol is found they are immediately given an article 15. That is a HUGE deterent that keeps many young military members from drinking. And if they do drink, it forces them to be responsible enough not to get caught doing it by doing something stupid while being drunk.

    The military does not play around with under age drinking, or alcohol in general. If you are an irresponsible drinker, you will find the door quickly hitting yourself in the ass. It has gotten to the point now where even responsible drinkers are feeling the heat.
    Since there isn't such a great threat to being kicked out, I don't think it really is a threat. Sure, it makes people much more likely to drink responsibly, to have that threat of being punished for it if caught, but everyone I knew in the military prior to turning 21 (with only a few exceptions) drank before they were 21. My husband lived in Marine Corps barracks and still found ways to drink underage (we met just a few months after he turned 21 and he had plenty of stories). I drank while I was in my first part of training, while still living in the BEQs (in the parking lot of Charlotte Colosseum with about 14 guys from my class, at least 10 of which were underage like me). It is ridiculous to assume that military members would not be responsible drinkers simply because there is a new drinking age of 18.

    If you are an irresponsible drinker in the military at all, no matter your age, you will have major problems. I have met plenty of soldiers, sailors, and marines (don't know a whole lot of airmen) who were over 21 and still got into plenty of trouble for drinking problems, including one who ended up killing someone during a barfight after he had been drinking. Heck, my mother's job in the Army back in the '70s was to evaluate soldiers for drinking problems and she told me she recommended putting out 3 soldiers during that time, all of which were higher ups (E-6 and above). I'd say they are much more of a problem than people drinking under the age of 21, whether legal or not.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChezC3 View Post
    You're allowed to join the military at 17, so should you be allowed to drink.
    With parents' permission. You can't actually join if your parents don't sign the paperwork until you are 18. My parents had to sign for me.
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