It should be lowered to 18.
It should be lowered to 13.
It should be abolished.
It should remain the same.
It should be raised to an undetermined age.
Alcohol should be banned
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I'm really torn about this.
On the one hand, you look at how alcohol is involved in something like half of all fatal crashes, and about half of all murders. Also, consider the issue that the impulse-control center of the brain doesn't fully develop until early 20's.
OTOH, I very much agree that it is hypocritical to say that at 18, you can join the army, marry without parental permission, vote, buy guns and ammo, but you can't drink.
Then there's the societal issues, where as some have said the purpose of drinking (at least for most 20-somethings) is to get completely smashed.
How do we, as a society, get to the point where people understand that while it is fine to have a beer or two, or a couple glasses of wine, or a small drink... but that getting ****faced is usually a Bad Idea? We seem to be too much inclined to an on/off switch about drinking... its either getting drunk, or at least "buzzed" (ie slightly drunk), or not drinking at all, for many.
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I agree with lowering the drinking age to 18, for the reason Viktyr (Should the drinking age be lowered?) expressed.
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I agree that some 18 year olds can be really really stupid, immature, annoying, irresponsible, etc. etc. I even remember when I turned 21, and I had my first legal drink. It was a frozen strawberry daiquiri, because I didn't know what I would like... and I barely drank anything the rest of the year.
I wasn't big on drinking at 21... it seemed like when I was 16, 17, 18, etc. I couldn't wait until I was 21..
Now I just drink a little wine before I go to sleep.
I also believe teenagers should be allowed to drink under parental supervision. One problem facing teens and college students is that they are never taught how to drink responsibly. Instead, their peers serve as teachers and judges that are not mature and do not have drinking responsibly in mind. I really believe that allowing teenagers to drink under parental supervision and guidance will help lower alcohol abuse and prevent reckless drinking in high school and college.
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