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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Since the minimum age for enlistment in the United States Military is 17 (with parental consent) and 18 (without parental consent) where it is deemed appropriate for a young man to be trained for combat, then he/she should be afforded the right to legally purchase a real beer or enjoy a shot of Jack.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Bus, walk, parents, relatives. I haven't had a license my whole life and I make it and have worked. But many accidents that are caused by teens are due to them being teen drivers, not because of alcohol. We can see this in the fact that drinking and driving related teen accidents went down by about 50% while non-alcohol related incidents went up by much higher amounts. Why? Because it wasn't really the alcohol causing the accidents to begin with (for the most part) but rather inexperienced drivers.

    But lowering the drinking age to where it should be in the first place is what is right. You can't prove that it would cause any significant problems.

    But I wouldn't be opposed to a licensing to drink system either. I have in fact thought of such a program in the past. Giving people a license to purchase alcohol at 18 and restricting that license for any alcohol related incident.
    So you think it is more productive to "teach" children to drink than to drive? And if you had your choice, we would start children off drinking at what age?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    According to most recent studies, they probably should NOT be considered adults until at least age 21, and if you've known many TYPICAL 18-year-olds you might agree.
    You won't likely raise the age of legal majority/adulthood though. It simply isn't likely to happen in the near future. I've known plenty of 18 year olds who were quite mature and plenty of over-21 year olds who made some 18 year olds and even 16 year olds look like grandparents.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    According to most recent studies, they probably should NOT be considered adults until at least age 21, and if you've known many TYPICAL 18-year-olds you might agree.
    Wait. Are you suggesting that 18-20 year olds are less mature and have less well-developed self-control mechanisms than 21-30 year olds?

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    So you think it is more productive to "teach" children to drink than to drive? And if you had your choice, we would start children off drinking at what age?
    I intend to let my children have a drink in my home before they go to college and start drinking at frat parties. One of those strikes me as a better learning environment than the other.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    You won't likely raise the age of legal majority/adulthood though. It simply isn't likely to happen in the near future. I've known plenty of 18 year olds who were quite mature and plenty of over-21 year olds who made some 18 year olds and even 16 year olds look like grandparents.
    I disagree. More and more people are starting to come around to the idea that 18-year-olds are not adults. Perhaps they could have been considered such back in the 1800s when life was much more difficult and people didn't have many options but to become adults as quickly as possible, but that just isn't the case today. There is no need to rush children into a drinking culture. In fact, it is much better for them if they don't drink at all probably.

    And please, the nutrition excuse is just pathetic. There are plenty of other sources in which to get nutrition that don't have the detrimental side effects that alcohol has.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    So you think it is more productive to "teach" children to drink than to drive? And if you had your choice, we would start children off drinking at what age?
    When they are in teen years, if they want to. It isn't something that should be forced on someone. But if a teen wants to try alcohol, then they should be allowed to do so in a controlled environment (preferably home or at least with a trusted adult).

    Now, I know that it is much more practical to allow teens to drive than to restrict them from doing so. It isn't that hard to figure out that experience is a good driving teacher, making them better drivers in the future. However, the same could still be said for alcohol consumption. Those that learn from their experiences are going to drink responsibly, just as they would drive responsibly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    I intend to let my children have a drink in my home before they go to college and start drinking at frat parties. One of those strikes me as a better learning environment than the other.
    I would rather teach my child by showing him how stupid drunk people act and how foolish they are, how they kill themselves slowly and painfully and hurt everyone around them, and hope that my child would never touch it. I don't have a problem with moderation but a lot of people are apparently not capable of that. That is obvious.

    Your child is going to be either responsible or not responsible and introducing him to drinking isn't going to change that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    I disagree. More and more people are starting to come around to the idea that 18-year-olds are not adults. Perhaps they could have been considered such back in the 1800s when life was much more difficult and people didn't have many options but to become adults as quickly as possible, but that just isn't the case today. There is no need to rush children into a drinking culture. In fact, it is much better for them if they don't drink at all probably.

    And please, the nutrition excuse is just pathetic. There are plenty of other sources in which to get nutrition that don't have the detrimental side effects that alcohol has.
    Not from the numbers I've seen. Even looking at this poll, most people believe teens should be allowed access to alcohol younger than 21.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    When they are in teen years, if they want to. It isn't something that should be forced on someone. But if a teen wants to try alcohol, then they should be allowed to do so in a controlled environment (preferably home or at least with a trusted adult).

    Now, I know that it is much more practical to allow teens to drive than to restrict them from doing so. It isn't that hard to figure out that experience is a good driving teacher, making them better drivers in the future. However, the same could still be said for alcohol consumption. Those that learn from their experiences are going to drink responsibly, just as they would drive responsibly.
    Okay, again, this is NOT Candy Land. Teens are going to drink with their friends at unsupervised parties. My God!!!

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