Bring back Prohibition.
Older than 21. Raise it even higher!
Leave it at 21 (in the USA).
Other (please explain).
I don't support giving military people special privileges. I think it is a rationale for lowering it across the board, but I also think it is dumb to somehow give people in the military special treatment just because they are in the military. I think people in the military deserve our commendation, but we should not just allow them to drink of that. We should allow everybody over 18 to drink because they are expected to have the responsibilities of adulthood. Not only military service, but if they commit a crime they are held responsible as adults.
So people are not responsible enough to do something as simple as drink a beer, but are responsible enough to be tried as adults? If they shouldn't be able to drink because their brains are developing, should they be able to do hard time? If their brains aren't developed obviously they weren't totally aware of the immorality of their crime.
For the record I would have NO problem with the drinking age being 21 if it were not for the inconsistency. I feel like the age of majority on all things should increase if we are to leave drinking at 21. After all, joining the military is a very big decision and could possibly lead to death. Is a gung-ho 18 year old really capable of making that decision as an adult and recognizing they may in fact die in warfare? In the same way should people at 18 face the same sentences as adults for crime? What about purchasing a gun? You can buy a long gun (but not a handgun) at 18. You can also get married. The point is drinking alcohol is such a trivial thing compared to these other responsibilities. If we feel alcohol is such a big responsibility it cannot be handled until 21, so are all the other things. Otherwise it is unfair to give 18-20 year olds these responsibilities, while denying them the right to enjoy a legal glass of beer.
Studies aside I live in the USA and grew up with a 21 drinking age. I know at huge amount of people who became alcoholics between 18 and 21, and plenty more for whom the process was complete by 25. They became that way in spite of the law. Here in the USA before I was 21 I could have just made a few phone calls and gotten as much booze as I wanted. That's all it takes. Unless you are the type of kid who only associates entirely with goody two shoes who have never drank in their life and don't know anybody who does it is not hard for kids to get alcohol. Even in high school when people were 15-18 people always knew where to get it.
I'm amazed the drinking age still is 21 after how everybody breaks the law, in fact I think the only way it has remained that high is a testament to how easy it is to get alcohol, because people don't view it as much of a burden worth fighting to repeal. Still, people can be arrested, pay fines, and even get a criminal record in some places if they get caught. 99% do not get an MIP (as they call it here) but some do, and I think it is unfair. I never got one before I was 21 but I have never drank much, but I knew a lot of people who did.
I don't think there should be a legal age.
Although, I do think health risks should be looked in to for younger kids.
I don't think there should be laws about this sort of thing. But I think people and their parents should be smarter about this.
We should defend freedom and promote it too. Not simply encourage people to take small steps at a time - just because others act like it'll be more acceptable that way.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
Parents, not the government, should decide when their kids can drink.
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
― Stephen R. Covey
I think it should be 18 with supervision and 21 without supervision. I think at 18 you are an adult and should be allowed to drink under supervision and can purchase drinks on your own at 21.
Tired of elections being between the lesser of two evils.When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. -Socrates