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  • It should be lowered to 18.

    30 27.03%
  • It should be lowered to 13.

    2 1.80%
  • It should be abolished.

    4 3.60%
  • It should remain the same.

    7 6.31%
  • It should be raised to an undetermined age.

    61 54.95%
  • Alcohol should be banned

    3 2.70%
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Thread: Should the drinking age be lowered?

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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    I told this story in another thread a few months ago and will repeat it here. I worked my way thorough college working at a hotel which had several bars and clubs in it. I would often pick up extra shifts taking cover charges at the big main club. It was not any sort of tough place or biker bar or anything close to that. We might have one or two fights per week. When the voting age was lowered to 18, out state like some others also lowered the drinking age. What a disaster it was. All the sudden we went to almost nightly fights and sometimes on the weekends more than that. And it almost always involved one of the new drinkers under 21. Accidents went up and public safety went down. We got rid of the experiment after a couple of years.

    Keep the drinking age at 21. it has nothing to do with going in the army or anything else. Drinking is drinking.

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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    that's not alcohol's fault, it's the parent's fault.
    its the kids fault.

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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    The way drinking is treated in this country, it's not wonder kids go off drinking like idiots as soon as they get the chance. The soft drink business has made a fortune off of a higher drinking age, and making the comsumption of alcohol taboo.
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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    The drinking age should be lowered to 18
    The driving age should be raised to 18
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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    Quote Originally Posted by Solace View Post
    Here in Missouri you can legally drink alcohol at any age with parental guidance.
    That law is the same in Louisiana. If given by a parent, guardian or spouse, there is no drinking age. People don't realize that. This law is in over 30 states.

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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    It should be lowered to 18. If you can buy tobacco, join the army, and own a gun, you should be allowed to purchase alcohol. I'm 20. I'm licensed to deal with controlled substances like oxycodon, pseudoephedrine, and other drugs that are far more potentially harmful and abused than alcohol. The state deems that I am mature enough to handle, count, and sell controlled substances. Yet I still can't buy alcohol for another 6 months.
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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    The legal drinking age should be lowered to 18. It makes no sense that you can join the military, smoke, own property, buy firearms, and almost every other privilege of adulthood at 18, but you have to wait until 21 to drink.
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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    I don't recall the law being an obstacle to underage drinking. It does cut down on public drunkenness and rowdy public fighting (see haymarket's post, top of page). Still, the drinking age was 18 when I grew up. I've got to go with what I know.
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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    I believe it should be legal for a 16-year-old to drink beer or wine, in the presence of their parents. 18 for purchasing beer/wine on their own. I think our puritanistic ideas about drinking are half the problem. I think teenagers should be taught, by their parents, to be responsible drinkers, rather than learning with their peers where binging is the norm.

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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    Quote Originally Posted by Solace View Post
    I think it should be lowered to 18.
    If you can vote and fight for your country and buy cigarettes at the age of 18 then you should be able to drink alcohol and have the same rights and privileges as older adults.
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