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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I agree.If you are old enough to go to combat then you should be old enough to drink alcohol.
    What does intoxication (altering one's mental state) and engaging in events such as war, which could be fatal, have in common? Certainly the two don't mix.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Durin View Post
    The current legal age to purchase alcohol in each state is 21, some states ban consumption of alcohol by those under 21, while others allow it to be consumed with parental permission. Either way I think it should be lowered to 18. Nobody should be able to risk dying for this country and be denied a beer. If you think people are too immature at 18 to drink, they are too immature to join the military or handle weapons. Either we need to increase the age to join the military, or lower the drinking age.
    Personally, I support the drinking age of 21 for both purchasing alcohol at a liquor store and at a bar or restaurant that serves drinks. However, if parents wish to allow their children, in the privacy of their homes, to consume a little wine with dinner or on a special occasion, I have no problem with that either. Actually, if parents introduce children to alcohol at a younger age, they lose their facination with it and the novelty of chasing after the forbidden as they progress through the teenage years. I tried beer when I was young and hated it and never acquired a taste for it throughout my life - I enjoy other drinks, on occasion, but that early access didn't turn me into an alcoholic - if anything, it might have done the opposite.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    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.
    Right there on my list of stuff I never want to have to do, just above blowing my brains out slowly with a beanbag gun, is "supervising" a group of drunk 18 year olds.

    They vomit, they listen to horrible music, they're humping each other like freaking puppies.....no thanks!

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    Right there on my list of stuff I never want to have to do, just above blowing my brains out slowly with a beanbag gun, is "supervising" a group of drunk 18 year olds.

    They vomit, they listen to horrible music, they're humping each other like freaking puppies.....no thanks!
    That's the point of supervision. In my experience 18 year olds have very very little concept of how not to abuse alcohol and enjoy it like an adult. They have few restraints and a lack of maturity. Under supervision they would not be allowed to have the quantities that would result in them vomiting, passing out and choosing to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while still intoxicated.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Tell that to all those 18 year olds that have been forced, by law, to register for the draft.



    When do you think that they will be drafted in to the U.S. Military?

    I suggest that we cross that bridge when we get to it, right now the only way that anyone gets into the U.S. military is as a volunteer.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Durin View Post
    The current legal age to purchase alcohol in each state is 21, some states ban consumption of alcohol by those under 21, while others allow it to be consumed with parental permission. Either way I think it should be lowered to 18. Nobody should be able to risk dying for this country and be denied a beer. If you think people are too immature at 18 to drink, they are too immature to join the military or handle weapons. Either we need to increase the age to join the military, or lower the drinking age.
    I don't think there should be a drinking age and I think all drugs should be legal. I don't drink and don't do drugs but 30 years ago I tried both. The "nanny" state takes the blame, but the bootleggers during Prohibition were the major supporters of Prohibition. Does that mean brewing companies and big Pharma are today's primary supporters of such laws. I'd say yes. The common sense approach to drinking/drugging belongs with parental responsibility.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    Right there on my list of stuff I never want to have to do, just above blowing my brains out slowly with a beanbag gun, is "supervising" a group of drunk 18 year olds.


    They vomit, they listen to horrible music, they're humping each other like freaking puppies.....no thanks!



    I totally agree, not a fun job.

    Maybe it would be better just to keep them off of the booze, eh?

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    How about: You can drink or drive between 18 and 21: pick one.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Personally, I support the drinking age of 21 for both purchasing alcohol at a liquor store and at a bar or restaurant that serves drinks. However, if parents wish to allow their children, in the privacy of their homes, to consume a little wine with dinner or on a special occasion, I have no problem with that either. Actually, if parents introduce children to alcohol at a younger age, they lose their facination with it and the novelty of chasing after the forbidden as they progress through the teenage years. I tried beer when I was young and hated it and never acquired a taste for it throughout my life - I enjoy other drinks, on occasion, but that early access didn't turn me into an alcoholic - if anything, it might have done the opposite.
    John, with all due respect. You've heard the expression..."Give a kid an inch and they take a mile." Kids can justify almost anything. Underage drinking is against the law. While a parents might convince themselves that their kid would only drink at home under their supervision...is very naive thinking.

    There are kids who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism. Unfortunately there's no test to determine who will become dependent.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Removable Mind View Post
    John, with all due respect. You've heard the expression..."Give a kid an inch and they take a mile." Kids can justify almost anything. Underage drinking is against the law. While a parents might convince themselves that their kid would only drink at home under their supervision...is very naive thinking.

    There are kids who are genetically predisposed to alcoholism. Unfortunately there's no test to determine who will become dependent.
    I don't see what part of what I posted suggested that I condone children drinking to excess and clearly, I would agree, there are some that are genetically predisposed to alcoholism, but we're talking minor percentages of the population. I'm not big on creating laws to punish the vast majority in order to save the few.

    And to be clear, I only indicated that I believe a parent providing their child with a glass of wine with dinner or a drink on special occasions - I did not suggest that parents should give their kids a bottle or free access to the liquor cabinet and then leave the room. I believe children learn good behaviour from their parent's example. I would much rather see a parent share some wine with dinner, involving them in an adult activity, than have the kid see mom and dad blotto or getting drunk and tipsy but telling their young adult kids they can't have any.
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