Should drinking age be lowered? - Sen...

Should drinking age be lowered? - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 43 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Aug 25, 2008, titled Should drinking age be lowered? - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Clark University President John Bassett said he signed a petition suggesting possibly lowering the drinking age because he felt it was the first petition he "saw that placed the problem of binge drinking on the ...

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money

Leominster, MA

#1 Aug 25, 2008
Cool you lower the drinking age and i'll invest in body bags...man i'm going to make alot of money
Concerned Citizen

Longmeadow, MA

#2 Aug 25, 2008
Lowering the drinking age has been tried in the past with terrible and tragic results. When I was 18 the drinking age was 18, then it got raised to 19, then back to 21. I wouldn't wish that time back for all the money in the world. We have older adults who can't handle alcohol and we want to lower the drinking age??? Get a grip. With all the hate and crime in the world, all happening at younger ages as it is, I think the alcohol would make it even worse. Granted, teens can get it if they look hard enough, but why make it so much easier?? JMHO.

“May God have mercy on us!!!!”

Since: Apr 08

Leominster

#3 Aug 25, 2008
All I see with this change is binge drinking will begin at younger ages and that by lowering the age, younger drinkers will buy alcohol for even younger underage drinkers. This is no solution for binge drinking.
Mrs Schrute

Nonantum, MA

#4 Aug 25, 2008
While I do feel that the drinking age should be 18 - I do not think that it would solve (or worsen) binge drinking. This is going to happen either way.

It didn't happen years ago because we didn't have "reality" shows with people getting wasted, having fun and becoming famous. We didn't have the paparazzi we have now, following young celebrities out to clubs.
Underfrog

AOL

#5 Aug 25, 2008
In Florida, the result of lowering the legal age was less students in college. Under the existing law, parents are legally obligated to pay support and college tuition until the 21 age mark. At 18, party is over. No college money or support.
Jim

Hudson, MA

#6 Aug 25, 2008
lEAVE IT AT 21. AS A FORMER P.O. I SAW THE CARNAGE AT FIRST HAND. COLLEGES NEED TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PREPARING OUR FUTURE LEADERS. LOWERING THE DRINKING AGE IS DETRIMENTAL TO SOCIETY. I BELIEVE AGE 21 IS THE PROPER AGE TO LEGALIZE ALCOHOL DRINKING.
Jess

Huntersville, NC

#7 Aug 25, 2008
You and vote, fight & die for your country at 18 - you should be able to drink.
SRC

Brookline, MA

#9 Aug 25, 2008
I believe one of the reasons it was upped back to 21 was motor vehicle fatalities. I say keep it where it is, and please Jess, as a former Veteran, you can not compare drinking to serving your country in the military. If that's your case, perhaps only enlisted clubs on base could serve alcohol to those 18 and up.
Myles ONeill

Fayetteville, NC

#10 Aug 25, 2008
Honestly the age limit on drinking isn't the problem. You could have it set at either 18 or 21 years of age, and the kids will still drink. It's to a point where its built into our culture. The way to advert the deaths of young men and woman (in alcohol related incidents) is through education, and reinforced messages of drinking maturely from all angles (parents, teachers, etc..).

“Changing the soul”

Since: May 08

Westborough, MA

#11 Aug 25, 2008
Tell me, why 21? Why is that the magic number when a person suddenly gains the ability to drink responsibly? Why is a person unable to drink responsibly until 3 years after they are able to own a gun, join the military, vote, drive a car, and be considered an adult? Shouldn't it be the other way around? Shouldn't a person have the opportunity to learn how to handle alcohol responsibly *before* they can get behind the wheel, or buy a gun?

Maybe a tired system is best: reflecting in our laws our gradual progression into maturity.
1) Allow alcohol consumption in the home at 13.
2) Allow alcohol purchase and consumption in bars and restaurants with an older person (parent?) at 14.
3) Allow alcohol purchase in bars and restaurants alone (or with others, of course) at 16.
4) Allow purchase of alcohol in stores at 18.

This way, a person has 5 years of supervised experience with drinking before they are fully free to imbibe.
Maurice Ronaldo - Mo Ron

Rockville, MD

#12 Aug 25, 2008
About the military issue... if a person 18+ has served our country, then we should serve that person as well. Give them a special ID that indicates they served and can be served!

“Changing the soul”

Since: May 08

Westborough, MA

#13 Aug 25, 2008
Maurice Ronaldo - Mo Ron wrote:
About the military issue... if a person 18+ has served our country, then we should serve that person as well. Give them a special ID that indicates they served and can be served!
Actually, to be perfectly honest, I think that a lot of issues could be solved if citizenship was not granted by birth but by service and contribution to the nation, i.e. earning a college degree, having steady employment, serving in the military. On top of that, voting must be mandatory. No more of this .7% of the nation choosing what the rest will do. In order for a democratic republic to work, everyone must contribute and everyone must participate. But I suppose this is a bit off-topic, except that it touches on the concept of respect and responsibility of citizens and the law.
phy guy

United States

#14 Aug 25, 2008
Sensei (#18) is fundamentally right on the mark.

I say since booze is obliviously out there, teach them responsibility as soon as possible. If a person is truly being introduces to alcohol for the first time at 21,
They will mess up just as quickly as any 18 year old would.
donnapartridge19 59

Worcester, MA

#15 Aug 25, 2008
I think drinking at any age is and can be dangerous know matter what age, We have stricter smoking laws than we do on drinking. It should apply to all, lowering drinking age is not going to cure or take away binge drinking. People should be looking at psycological reasons why, people drink to hide their true problems, to get away.
A Few Bricks Short

Peabody, MA

#16 Aug 25, 2008
Might as well lower it, most kids seem to be in a mindless stupor anyway.
Eric D Actor

Madison, CT

#17 Aug 25, 2008
Maurice Ronaldo - Mo Ron wrote:
About the military issue... if a person 18+ has served our country, then we should serve that person as well. Give them a special ID that indicates they served and can be served!
I would have joined the Marines if I got a "special ID" that said I could drink!
SRC

Townsend, MA

#18 Aug 25, 2008
Obviously none of you has seen the damage that is done by our young service members consuming alcohol..I can assure you, it's worse than any "frat" party you can imagine. They're the last people who should be drinking. I have 4 years of horror stories that include being in the service and adding alcohol
Eric D Actor

Madison, CT

#19 Aug 25, 2008
SRC wrote:
Obviously none of you has seen the damage that is done by our young service members consuming alcohol..I can assure you, it's worse than any "frat" party you can imagine. They're the last people who should be drinking. I have 4 years of horror stories that include being in the service and adding alcohol
Stop it dude...you're bringing back the memories. Good times.
Myles ONeill

Fayetteville, NC

#20 Aug 25, 2008
yea seriously permitting service members to drink at a lower age wouldn't do the world any good...

“May God have mercy on us!!!!”

Since: Apr 08

Leominster

#21 Aug 26, 2008
Maurice Ronaldo - Mo Ron wrote:
About the military issue... if a person 18+ has served our country, then we should serve that person as well. Give them a special ID that indicates they served and can be served!
As a member of the service (27 years), I joined when I was 17 and I was allowed to purchase alchohol at Fort Devens with a military ID when I was 17. This only lead to problems early in my career. The stress in the military, especially today is difficult for young men and women to fathom. To give them alcohol at 18 would be wrong. Granted not all 21 year olds are mature and not all 18 year olds can't handle stress, but to add alcohol to the mix would be a grave mistake.

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