View Poll Results: What should the legal drinking age be?

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  • Bring back Prohibition.

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

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

    23 18.85%
  • 20

    3 2.46%
  • 19

    7 5.74%
  • 18

    54 44.26%
  • 17

    3 2.46%
  • 16

    4 3.28%
  • Below 16.

    4 3.28%
  • Other (please explain).

    17 13.93%
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    Americans aren't culturally uptight about anything, teenagers drinking is almost a right of passage and is commonplace.
    Really? With few exceptions in the US you cannot have an open container in public. You can't buy alcohol past 9 or 10, or on Sundays in many states. Middle-aged customers are still carded when they go to the grocery store. Compared to many countries, that's quite uptight.

    As for "anything" ... ha, a woman's breast is shown and this country has a seizure.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    I say lower it to 16, in Canada it is either 19 in most provinces on 18 in Qubec or Alberta though Quebec will probably sell it to you at a lower age. I think that is too high, I went on exchange to Belgium where the age is 16 and I saw no negative consequences of that. Kids are going to get it one way or another anyways. The idea of the drinking age being 21 is absurd to very other country in the world.
    Yippee. I'm for lowering the age, but I couldn't give two ****s what other countries think about it.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    Yippee. I'm for lowering the age, but I couldn't give two ****s what other countries think about it.
    The U.S. is not some magical void by itself. It is clear that having the age of 21 is ludicrous and a failure, join the rest of the world.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    The U.S. is not some magical void by itself. It is clear that having the age of 21 is ludicrous and a failure, join the rest of the world.
    1) It doesn't affect "the rest of the world" in the slightest.

    2) On what basis is it a "failure"?

    3) What benefit is it to "the rest of the world" if we do?

    I, personally, as I said, do not give the first flying **** what the rest of the world thinks about it. Sorry if that offends you. Actually, no, that's a flat out lie; I'm not the slightest bit sorry.
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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.



    This is actually not a bad idea, we could pass laws which say that anyone under the age of 21 who is caught using alcohol can't have a drivers license until they are at least 21.

    And let the judge choose the actual age based on circumstances.

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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.



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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    This is actually not a bad idea, we could pass laws which say that anyone under the age of 21 who is caught using alcohol can't have a drivers license until they are at least 21.
    No, it's a terrible idea. Every teenager would pick driving over drinking and pretty much all of them would still drink.

    And let the judge choose the actual age based on circumstances.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    2) On what basis is it a "failure"?
    That no one follows it?

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    This is actually not a bad idea, we could pass laws which say that anyone under the age of 21 who is caught using alcohol can't have a drivers license until they are at least 21.

    And let the judge choose the actual age based on circumstances.
    Responsible driving carries at least as much weight as responsible drinking. Mixing the two, at any age, only leads to disaster.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    That no one follows it?
    That's demonstrably untrue, and to the extent that people don't follow it, that's an argument for every law being a "failure."

    Prohibition was a failure. Drug prohibition now is a failure. It not only encouraged that activity it was supposed to prevent, it (both) begat serious negative consequences which were worse than the original problem. The drinking age being 21 does none of that.

    That said, I still favor it being lowered, because 18 is adulthood.
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