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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    What should the legal drinking age be?
    16 in the company of parents (beer and wine only). 18, otherwise.

    Just like the UK. [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_drinking_age]Legal drinking age - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

    Ours is one of the oldest in the world, and definitely the highest in the Americas and the civilized West.

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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    21. Lowering the drinking age makes it easier to access. Studies demonstrate that the earlier one starts to drink, the more likely one may become addicted. In conjunction with this, we also know that adolescent brain structuring creates a pattern of increased impulsivity and emotional based behaviors, lowering the drinking age increases the potential for problematic behaviors.
    On the other hand, making drinking a rite of passage and a taboo act increases its allure to young people, leading to binge drinking. Our alcoholism rates are some of the highest in the world. If your claims were true, our rates of alcoholism would be lower than those in Europe. But they are higher.

    In my opinion, learning to responsibly use alcohol should be TAUGHT in families, by the example of parents, not hidden from parents in cars on dirt roads and at parties where the parents are out of town.

    Our laws are a last bastion of prohibitionism, and they are ridiculous.

    When I was 18, it was actually legal to buy and drink beer at 18. I don't believe that rates of alcoholism were higher in 1984 than they are now. But, if you want to make this claim, you should prove it.

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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    Seems kind of stupid to tell someone they can get married, enter into contracts (including buying a house), go to war, be treated like an adult in all respects vis a vis the law, get a full time job, open a bank account, and be sued, etc., but yet they cannot have a beer. How f-ing stupid is that?
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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by stekim View Post
    Seems kind of stupid to tell someone they can get married, enter into contracts (including buying a house), go to war, be treated like an adult in all respects vis a vis the law, get a full time job, open a bank account, and be sued, etc., but yet they cannot have a beer. How f-ing stupid is that?
    maybe they realise that if they do all that drunk, it could lead to problems
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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    maybe they realise that if they do all that drunk, it could lead to problems
    Well, that explains a lot about my life.

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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Well, that explains a lot about my life.
    Mine too. Although I never joined the Army while drunk.
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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    I would think 18 is fine. If you are old enough to vote and serve your country, you are old enough to drink.

    I think drinking age laws are pretty arbitrary to begin with. Germany is a good example of no limit and yet not so many alcohol related problems as even here.
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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    What should the legal drinking age be?
    I think having a drinking age is based on false assumption that age correlates exactly to maturity. Make it 14 but with a licensing system, get in trouble with the police for drinking and doing something stupid, lose your drinking license. Drink reasonably responsibly from 14 and you should be left to it.

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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by Red_Dave View Post
    I think having a drinking age is based on false assumption that age correlates exactly to maturity. Make it 14 but with a licensing system, get in trouble with the police for drinking and doing something stupid, lose your drinking license. Drink reasonably responsibly from 14 and you should be left to it.
    I agree 100% with your premise. I think we just need to stiffen the law on alcohol related offenses. Licensing would be overkill in my humble opinion.
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    Re: What should the legal drinking age be?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I think it should remain at 21. Personally I think 18 year olds are far to immature to be drinking. I also think they should raise the driving age.
    Ironic that we have devolved with regard to age and responsibility...'children' have been defined as old as 25 years old...and under the new health care rules mommy and daddy will have healthcare obligations til 26...

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