Should the legal drinking age be lowered to 18?

Created by flbadcatowner on May 10, 2013

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“Maiden of Mayhem”

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#84 May 12, 2013
REDNECK HIPPIE wrote:
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Using that logic, then, a 35 year old is more mature, has more life experiences, is more educated and is more capable of understanding the consequences and long term ramifications of drinking, so logically, we should raise the legal drinking age to 35. While we are at it, why not raise the age of consent, the age to vote, the age to be legally considered an adult and the age to be able to obtain a license to drive or wed or practice law to 35. Makes sense to me. After all, you cannot be President before that age.
I find that this generation of teens and young adults drink and drive less than generations before them. It has been ingrained their entire lives that it's something that just isn't done, that it's illegal and often fatal.

Now for older generations, they still remember the days when drinking and driving was no big deal and many continue to do so.

Many a mornings I've woken up and seen my eldest son's friends cars lined up in my driveway because they all went out to the pub or club the night before and knew they'd drink so they left the cars behind to be picked up the next day.

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#85 May 12, 2013
REDNECK HIPPIE wrote:
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Using that logic, then, a 35 year old is more mature, has more life experiences, is more educated and is more capable of understanding the consequences and long term ramifications of drinking, so logically, we should raise the legal drinking age to 35. While we are at it, why not raise the age of consent, the age to vote, the age to be legally considered an adult and the age to be able to obtain a license to drive or wed or practice law to 35. Makes sense to me. After all, you cannot be President before that age.
Do you want safer roads or more dangerous roads? We will have the latter with a lower drinking age.

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#86 May 12, 2013
victoria1 wrote:
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I find that this generation of teens and young adults drink and drive less than generations before them. It has been ingrained their entire lives that it's something that just isn't done, that it's illegal and often fatal.
Now for older generations, they still remember the days when drinking and driving was no big deal and many continue to do so.
Many a mornings I've woken up and seen my eldest son's friends cars lined up in my driveway because they all went out to the pub or club the night before and knew they'd drink so they left the cars behind to be picked up the next day.
Stricter laws and enforcement are making people think twice about drinking and driving. It does help when parents set a good example for their children.

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#87 May 13, 2013
victoria1 wrote:
Most countries have a legal drinking age somewhere under 21. 18 or 19 is the norm. The U.S. is one of very few that require you to be 21.
Yet the U.S. is near the top of the list for most drunk driving deaths.
I'm thinking age may not be the factor.
kinda funny like that with the most cars/highways/ and drivers

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#88 May 13, 2013
Ferrerman wrote:
Could you imagine if drinking was a Constitutional right? There would be an NBA (National Booze Association) demanding alcohol being served in schools. Some drunkazz version of Wayne LaPierre would be screaming about breathalyzers and DUI's....
Do you read what you type?

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#89 May 13, 2013
victoria1 wrote:
Most countries have a legal drinking age somewhere under 21. 18 or 19 is the norm. The U.S. is one of very few that require you to be 21.
Yet the U.S. is near the top of the list for most drunk driving deaths.
I'm thinking age may not be the factor.
Citations please.

And even if your posit is correct, so what? If age has no bearing them please offer your reason why it should be lowered.

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#90 May 13, 2013
tallyho wrote:
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kinda funny like that with the most cars/highways/ and drivers
Statistic was based on annual fatalities per million vehicles from an article in Forbes.

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#91 May 13, 2013
REDNECK HIPPIE wrote:
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Using that logic, then, a 35 year old is more mature, has more life experiences, is more educated and is more capable of understanding the consequences and long term ramifications of drinking, so logically, we should raise the legal drinking age to 35. While we are at it, why not raise the age of consent, the age to vote, the age to be legally considered an adult and the age to be able to obtain a license to drive or wed or practice law to 35. Makes sense to me. After all, you cannot be President before that age.
For the same reason we don't lower highway speed limits to 20 miles per hour - because after all, slower speeds do save lives right?

A social system based on laws has to reach a balance some where. Our particular society has decided that 21 is age for drinking. It can be argued that it is an arbitrary age.

But it makes less sense to just decide in a sweeping manner that because someone is allowed to do one thing at a certain age, they should be allowed to do EVERYTHING at that same age.

You do see the logic (or lack thereof, depending on your perspective) in that, don't you?

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#92 May 13, 2013
victoria1 wrote:
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Statistic was based on annual fatalities per million vehicles from an article in Forbes.
Statistics....ho ho ho

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#93 May 13, 2013
Mister Mysterious wrote:
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Citations please.
And even if your posit is correct, so what? If age has no bearing them please offer your reason why it should be lowered.
I didn't say it should be lowered.

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#94 May 13, 2013
GMGMIKE wrote:
... hahaha... moral standards ...
Is that an oxymoron like "American Culture"?

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#95 May 13, 2013
victoria1 wrote:
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I didn't say it should be lowered.
Good try...grin...your post clearly suggests that keeping the age at 21 hasn't stopped the high number of deaths from drinking in the US. The underlying pinning of your statement being that therefore the age might as well be lowered like all the rest of the countries..

Try again.

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#96 May 13, 2013
victoria1 wrote:
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Is that an oxymoron like "American Culture"?
Have you guys figured out which language you want to speak up there yet?

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#97 May 13, 2013
Mister Mysterious wrote:
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Have you guys figured out which language you want to speak up there yet?
Up here in England? The language of Shakespeare.

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#98 May 13, 2013
victoria1 wrote:
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Up here in England? The language of Shakespeare.
Not likely. Try again toots.

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#99 May 13, 2013
Is there anyone here who can actually have a discussion?

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#100 May 13, 2013
When our young people go into the military they are trained before they go off to war. Who trains them how to drink responsibly?

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#101 May 13, 2013
victoria1 wrote:
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Statistic was based on annual fatalities per million vehicles from an article in Forbes.
not arguing that point , but stats are so misleading

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#102 May 13, 2013
victoria1 wrote:
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Is that an oxymoron like "American Culture"?
... so you never seen our national kazoo band i take it ???

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#103 May 13, 2013
tallyho wrote:
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kinda funny like that with the most cars/highways/ and drivers
Interesting observation, not to mention correct.

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