Drinking Age Debate - Indianapolis, IN

Discuss the national Drinking Age debate in Indianapolis, IN.

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

Indianapolis says 18
Yes, 18 is better.
 
19
No, 21 is fine.
 
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Finn

Bargersville, IN

#1 Dec 6, 2011
If you're old enough to serve your country in the military or to marry, then you're old enough to go in a bar and have a drink.
Finn

Bargersville, IN

#2 Dec 6, 2011
They tried during Prohibition to stop every man from drinking alcohol. And they were successful in making it completely and absolutely illegal to sell or transport liquor. All liquor. An average man couldn't buy a beer. There wasn't any place where you could legally walk in and buy a drink. It led to widespread criminality. Not just the speakeasys that served alcohol behind locked doors. But the gun toting gangsters that imported it, bootlegged it and moved it wholesale. Tax evasion. Public discontent. Wildly unpopular, It lasted from 1920 to 1933. It resulted in a Constitutional Amendment, the 21st Amendment the legality of alcohol. Indiana was a signatory State. Indiana ratified the 21st Amendment June 26, 1933. We gave back to the citizens a right that had been wrongly taken from them.

National prohibition of alcohol (1920-33)--the "noble experiment"--was undertaken to reduce crime and corruption, solve social problems, reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses, and improve health and hygiene in America. The results of that experiment clearly indicate that it was a miserable failure on all counts.
Although consumption of alcohol fell at the beginning of Prohibition, it subsequently increased. Alcohol became more dangerous to consume; crime increased and became "organized"; the court and prison systems were stretched to the breaking point; and corruption of public officials was rampant. No measurable gains were made in productivity or reduced absenteeism. Prohibition removed a significant source of tax revenue and greatly increased government spending. It led many drinkers to switch to opium, marijuana, patent medicines, cocaine, and other dangerous substances that they would have been unlikely to encounter in the absence of Prohibition.

“Your Gods' Rules not mine.”

Since: Apr 07

Indianapolis

#3 Dec 7, 2011
If you can die for your country at 18, vote at 18, you should be able to have a drink.
yo boy carter

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Dec 7, 2011
i thnk it is right

“Ridin' The Devils Little Horse”

Since: Mar 08

Straight To Hells Door

#5 Dec 7, 2011
IF You carry an ACTIVE Military ID then I say Yes.. IF not then I Say NO!
21 isn't much older but it's better than 18 but three years can make a difference.
18 Year Olds are for the most part simply BIG kids. and Drunk Children are a Danger to themselves and others. Heck That Goes for DRUNK ADULTS TOO!
Wizard

Morristown, TN

#7 Dec 7, 2011
No, I think most of them will not be responsible and they will be out on the roads. I think it should be 21 or older.

“Reality is better than truth.”

Since: Nov 09

Indianapolis

#8 Dec 9, 2011
At 18, the brain is still underdeveloped; decision-making is difficult enough. Teens who drink also hve a much higher probability of becoming alcoholics.

I don't buy the argument that if they can serve in the military, they can drink, mostly because I don't think they should enter the military until they are 21 either.
George McFly

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Dec 10, 2011
up the service age or drop the drinking age
Burt

United States

#10 Dec 11, 2011
They might as well make it officially legal. Also they might as well lower it much lower than 18.

Indiana girls have been getting drunk for daddy for generations and decades.
lol

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Dec 11, 2011
lol?
vino

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Dec 12, 2011
It should be limited to beer and wine on college campus. Students pay for taxi/bus service with their tuition to take them home after they have been drinking.
Jessica

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Dec 12, 2011
Just because you are 18, doesn't mean you can handle that responsibility!!
Linda Bledsoe

United States

#14 Dec 14, 2011
There should be no legal drinking age. I don't drink at all, but the entire law is silly. There are much lower cases of alcoholism, drunk driving, etc. in countries where alcohol is less publicized and of no concern to lawmakers.
vino

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Dec 19, 2011
Linda Bledsoe wrote:
There should be no legal drinking age. I don't drink at all, but the entire law is silly. There are much lower cases of alcoholism, drunk driving, etc. in countries where alcohol is less publicized and of no concern to lawmakers.
The French are heavy wine consumers and freely allow their children to drink wine at meals. Unfortunately, France has a high rate of alcoholism and binge drinking among their teens.
J.J

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jan 11, 2012
At 21 your alittle more responsible but 18 year olds are still going to get their hands on it either way.
A

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Jan 18, 2012
Anyone already 21 will put 21, that's a given. If you can already drink, you're not going to care about anyone else.
Wizard

Morristown, TN

#18 Jan 20, 2012
At 18, you're not that responsible for ur actions. I don't think it should be lowered, I really think we would be better off without it as a whole.
uknowwho

Somerset, KY

#19 Jan 20, 2012
cpeter1313 wrote:
At 18, the brain is still underdeveloped; decision-making is difficult enough. Teens who drink also hve a much higher probability of becoming alcoholics.
I don't buy the argument that if they can serve in the military, they can drink, mostly because I don't think they should enter the military until they are 21 either.
Highly unlikely you know much about the brain, clueless entity- and what you think does not impinge on the rest us.

“Reality is better than truth.”

Since: Nov 09

Indianapolis

#20 Jan 21, 2012
You don't have to take my word for it, shmuck. The AMA and APA are quite chatty on the topic.
uknowwho wrote:
<quoted text>Highly unlikely you know much about the brain, clueless entity- and what you think does not impinge on the rest us.
mark

Noblesville, IN

#21 Jan 21, 2012
you can die for your country at 18 then you should be able to drink at 18

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