Drinking Age Debate - Elizabethtown, KY

Discuss the national Drinking Age debate in Elizabethtown, KY.

Should the U.S. lower the drinking age to 18?

Elizabethtown says 21
No, 21 is fine.
 
20
Yes, 18 is better.
 
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sparky

Greensburg, KY

#1 Dec 5, 2011
Most 18 year olds could not handle the responsibility of the drink. A lot of 21 year olds can't either. I say raise it to 31.
real talk

United States

#2 Dec 6, 2011
To young and dumb
Saying

United States

#3 Dec 6, 2011
I think the age it is should be left alone & they should raise the age to enlist in the army...just don't get that it's illegal for 18 year olds to drink but it's okay for them to die for our country.
annonimous

Hodgenville, KY

#4 Dec 8, 2011
people that age are going to drink if the drinking age is lowered or not. Also at that age people are legally considered an adult. so why not lower the drinking age because not only is it going to lower the amount of people getting arrested for under age drinking but who knows they may get their "drinking stage" out of the way early
Misty

United States

#5 Dec 8, 2011
I can see your point.
Heart of dixie

Lubbock, TX

#6 Dec 8, 2011
How can you give 18year olds the right to vote and fight for our freedom but cant drink?
my opinion

Campbellsville, KY

#7 Dec 9, 2011
U let kids that young legally drink and they gonna be drinking and driving. They do not have enough responsibility at that age to drink. Personally I think it should be raised to at least 25 if not 30. Maybe that would eliminate some of the drinking and driving.
ElenaL.

Elizabethtown, KY

#8 Dec 9, 2011
Changing the age won't make it better. Although most teenagers drink alcohol, some do actually wait for their age to reach the age limit.
Christan

Madisonville, KY

#9 Dec 10, 2011
People are usually more mature at 21 than 18.
Liberty Bell

Glendale, KY

#10 Dec 10, 2011
If you're old enough to fight in a pointless war you're old enough to have a drink.

And with drugs, if you are 18+ the gov. has no right to tell you what you can and can't do with your body. I'm not a drug user, but alcohol and cigarettes kill way more than marijuana for example.

If drugs should be outlawed the states should be able to decide. Same with the drinking age.
Trojan1042

Guston, KY

#11 Dec 11, 2011
The increased risk of drunk driving @ such an immature age is enough to scare me.
my opinion

Campbellsville, KY

#12 Dec 12, 2011
Trojan1042 wrote:
The increased risk of drunk driving @ such an immature age is enough to scare me.
My point exactly. Yes they still drink at age 18 even though it is illegal, but u make it legal and that's just telling them its ok to be immature and reckless. They are at the age where they are wild and looking to party. Just imagine 10-15 immature 18 year olds at a party drinking what do u think is gonna happen. They gonna drive and guess what happens then. Let's hope when they wreck they don't kill themselves or others.

As for them being old enough to fight in a senseless war but not able to drink. They are fighting for our country not out drinking and driving taking the chance of killing others or themselves. Big difference people!!! Yes they might die fighting for our country but they are bot taking innocents life because of immature stupidity.
nineteen year old

United States

#13 Dec 12, 2011
responsibility is a factor but once u turn eighteen ur considered an adult so why shouldnt u be able to drink too? Plus so many eighteen year olds already drink maybe they would be more responsible with it if it were legal for them
Sean Connery

Elizabethtown, KY

#14 Dec 14, 2011
Trojan1042 wrote:
The increased risk of drunk driving @ such an immature age is enough to scare me.
You should do some research. The UK has one of the lowest rates of DUI related accidents in the world. They have no drinking age, only a purchase age; you have to be eighteen to purchase it.

Since: Mar 12

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#15 May 24, 2012
CRAZY
PointofReason

Bay City, MI

#16 May 26, 2012
my opinion wrote:
<quoted text>
As for them being old enough to fight in a senseless war but not able to drink. They are fighting for our country not out drinking and driving taking the chance of killing others or themselves. Big difference people!!! Yes they might die fighting for our country but they are bot taking innocents life because of immature stupidity.
Fighting in the military is a huge responsibility. If 18-20 year olds "just want to party" as you say then they shouldn't be in the military. Look at Abu Ghraib. We need servicemen and women that take their jobs seriously. I've known people who joined the military right out of high school who clearly were of the mindset that it would be "just like the video games".

And you're more likely to seriously damage your developing brain serving in the military than through drinking through things like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and physical trauma sustained in combat.

Laws should be consistent and follow the same rules of logic or else it undermines people's respect for them and then they don't follow them. If MADD wants to reduce underaged drinking and drunk driving they should go on record supporting raising the military age to 21.

Since: May 12

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#17 May 27, 2012
When I was 18 I was in the military, and we had beer machines in our dayroom in our barracks. Some laws in this state make no sense at all. If you buy a beer for someone under 18 you will go to jail, but if you buy them a pack of cigaretts you're OK. You have to wear a seat belt but not a helmet when riding a motorcycle. I believe that if you are old enough to die for your country you ought to have better benefits and rights of those who don't. People even at age 15 are drinking, just like they are doing drugs. The problem with now verses back then is that parents have become horrible in supervising and teaching kids responsibility and accountability. And then when their kid gets in trouble they want to blame the teachers or principal. I tought my son how to drink in moderation, and always told him it was OK to say no. Now he rarely drinks at all, only on special occasions, but I have noticed the more you tell a child no the more they will want to do it. I know all kids would not react in this way but I believe most of them would think a little more if given a choice. I am a very firm believer if you are in the military you should be allowed to drink at 18. The military teaches discipline and respect. A lot of 18 year olds fresh out of high school do not have this, and these are the ones that I would be leary of in lowering the age, however I have seen 40-50 year olds constantly getting DUI's and arrested for public intoxication. We teach sex education in schools, maybe it's time to teach about the dangers of drinking, meth, and have those who have ruined their lives or took a life of someone while drinking make appearances as part of the class. Just sayin.
you r crazy

United States

#18 May 27, 2012
In Belgium you can drink at 16 but can't drive till your 21. Screwed up ya say? They have almost NO drunk driving accidents. They take the glory out of catching a buzz and then by the time the kids are old enough to drive they have either learned how to handle their liquor or decided they don't like it.

Since: May 12

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#20 May 27, 2012
you r crazy wrote:
In Belgium you can drink at 16 but can't drive till your 21. Screwed up ya say? They have almost NO drunk driving accidents. They take the glory out of catching a buzz and then by the time the kids are old enough to drive they have either learned how to handle their liquor or decided they don't like it.
That's an ecellent point, but at what age do they get to eat Belgian waffles?
crazy

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#21 May 27, 2012
HandymanIII wrote:
<quoted text>That's an ecellent point, but at what age do they get to eat Belgian waffles?
good question. Let's investigate it with a trip over there.:)

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