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  • It should be lowered to 18.

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  • It should be lowered to 13.

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  • 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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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    IMO, drinking should be fully legal at age 18 (or whatever the age is set to for getting all your other “adult” privileges).

    Before that point, it should be legal for parents to give their children alcohol under supervised conditions, such as in the home or perhaps when on a family outing (family reunion-type thing?) if they so desire.

    Of course, if they choose not too…

    A caveat on the alcohol in home bit: If problems occur, such as children running drunk and wild due to parents simply giving them alcohol and not supervising, there needs to be a way to punish the parents for such – I’m not too clear on the laws that might apply…
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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    actually, you have to be 19 to buy tobacco. another stupid restriction.
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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    Who voted that alcohol should be banned???

    Screw you people.
    I voted that it should be banned. It is a drug and should be treated as such. But since this will never change what the hell. Might as well vote your beliefs.




    For everyone:
    Has anyone considered maybe raising the draft entry and raising the drinking age. So you can purchase tobacco and alcohol at age 20 and you also can't be drafted until 20 either. That usually is the rationale "you fight for the country, you should be treated as an adult and should be able to drink." But if we increase the enlistment age, that rationale becomes moot.

    I am fully aware that the military will not let the enlistment age increase.
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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    Personally, I think the fighting age and the drinking age and the driving age and the working age should both be equal to the age of majority, and that the age, on the whole, should be lowered.

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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    who is the government to tell me how I can raise my children? Whether or not I let them drink is my decision. I wish they'd just step out of my life and stop making decisions for me. We don't think of it like that because we've given up the idea that it was our decision to begin with. But it was. And now it's not. So much for protecting my liberty.

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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    Honestly, things like drinking, smoking, all of this should be dealt with by upbringing, rather than law. But the fact remains, parents are stupid. Making the public drinking age 18 seems quite sensible. An adult is an adult is an adult. However, that real change needs to come from society at large. The idiocy that children should be sheltered rather than education... It's pure nonsense. Someone doesn't magically become a responsible drinker by having a birthday. They become responsible by being irresponsible a few times. Ensuring that kids have a safe environment in which to drink is far better than keeping them from it until they are out on their own. Arresting kids for drinking, and arresting adults for allowing it... If a parent allows their teenager to drink with friends at their home, that parent could be arrested and imprisoned. What safer place is there to learn how to drink than surrounded by people who would look after you? Making kids drink in secret exposes them to far more danger than allowing them to do it in a safe place.
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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    Personally, I don't think anyone ought to be able to do any of those things until they can rationally prove they are mature enough to handle it. That might mean that some people can drink and vote at age 12, some may never get to do any of it. Prove you're capable, then you can go ahead.

    But yeah, that makes sense so we'd never do it.
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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Personally, I don't think anyone ought to be able to do any of those things until they can rationally prove they are mature enough to handle it. That might mean that some people can drink and vote at age 12, some may never get to do any of it. Prove you're capable, then you can go ahead.

    But yeah, that makes sense so we'd never do it.
    I think the fact that it'd be a logistical nightmare is more the reason why we'd never do it.
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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelzie View Post
    I think the fact that it'd be a logistical nightmare is more the reason why we'd never do it.
    Certainly that's true. Doesn't make it a bad idea.
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    Re: Should the drinking age be lowered?

    I am all in favor of adulthood being measured by the ability to pass an examination, rather than strict calendar age.

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