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.
 
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No, 21 is fine.
 
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mark

Noblesville, IN

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#22
Jan 21, 2012
 
Jessica wrote:
Just because you are 18, doesn't mean you can handle that responsibility!!
but at 18 you can be responsible for protecting America and possibly die for it.
mark

Noblesville, IN

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#23
Jan 21, 2012
 
A wrote:
Anyone already 21 will put 21, that's a given. If you can already drink, you're not going to care about anyone else.
not true I'm 45 I believe if you can die for your country you should be able to tip back a cocktail, plus I'm former military and if my brothers in harms way want a drink, then they should damn well be able to

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

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#24
Feb 20, 2012
 
drinking age should be at 60 years of age. Alcohol never does any good for anyone.
Driver 1

Richmond, IN

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#25
Feb 20, 2012
 
DavidM wrote:
drinking age should be at 60 years of age. Alcohol never does any good for anyone.
Agree whole heartedly! Unfortunately it won't happen! Total nonsense about serving your country and drinking at eighteen. Should only be allowed at a closed post (with public transportation at all times). The draft should be revived, fairer than it was in the past and implemented at the age of eighteen. Drunken driving should be more heavily enforced with harsher sentences!
lakerdame

Angola, IN

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#26
May 27, 2012
 
The reason I think they should lower the drinking age is that at 18 years of age, you can be put on the front lines to fight for your country, get married, live on your own. It is unreasonable to say to a young man that is old enough to hold an M16, that he cannot buy a beer.
Ace

Indianapolis, IN

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#27
May 28, 2012
 
There are conflicting interests on this matter.

For the sake of national security raising the age for enlisting in the military will never be raised to 21. If and when World War III breaks out the military will need as many soldiers as they can find.

There is no way that the political will to lower the drinking age exists in this country. Some people are so prudish and hypocritical that they complain about teenage pregnancy and giving teens access birth control at the same time. How do you think that they would respond to the idea of letting teens buy Jack Daniels?

“Reality is better than truth.”

Since: Nov 09

Indianapolis

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#28
May 28, 2012
 
It's not just prudishness. At 18, the brain is still developing and does best when unencumbered by alcohol and drugs--not just at the time, but in terms of reaching full potential. The judgment factor among 18yo's is also not developed and getting drunk doesn't help it. Impulsive actions skyrocket in this age group when alcohol is involved, which explains why so many kids have police records, especially for driving infractions, accidents, and violent behavior.

It's not completely developed at 21, but there does need ot be a legal threshold where people are totally responsible for their actions. There is also less damage done by the use of chemicals.
Ace wrote:
There are conflicting interests on this matter.
For the sake of national security raising the age for enlisting in the military will never be raised to 21. If and when World War III breaks out the military will need as many soldiers as they can find.
There is no way that the political will to lower the drinking age exists in this country. Some people are so prudish and hypocritical that they complain about teenage pregnancy and giving teens access birth control at the same time. How do you think that they would respond to the idea of letting teens buy Jack Daniels?

Since: Dec 06

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#29
May 29, 2012
 
This is just what we need. To lower the drinking age to 18. Why not 16? That way we can read more stories of someone being killed by a dunk driver or dieing from alcohol poising. At least one or tow time a week (more some weeks) we read about someone getting into trouble with alcohol but many will defend it..
Alexander hernandez

Indianapolis, IN

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#30
Nov 17, 2012
 
WHATS The DIFFERENCE ?!?!?!
Sue

Crown Point, IN

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#31
Mar 14, 2013
 
I dont feel 18 year olds are ready to be allowed to drink responsibly they start drinking and so stupid things that not only hurt themselves but hurt others
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Memphis, TN

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#32
Mar 14, 2013
 
i agree if you can serve the country at 18, you should be able to be served a beer at 18. Sure the law says 21, but how many people wait that long?? Did you
deltadawn

Memphis, TN

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#33
Mar 14, 2013
 
most who want drink are going to, wether by law it is 21

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis

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#34
Mar 15, 2013
 
Maybe we should start kids off by putting alcohol in the baby bottles.
soooooo

Indianapolis, IN

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#35
Mar 15, 2013
 
DavidM wrote:
drinking age should be at 60 years of age. Alcohol never does any good for anyone.
... so because you can't imagine anyone getting anything good out of alcohol, you want to restrict it that extensively? That's just an authoritarian mindset, not any kind of rational conservatism.

I'm with Mark - if you can die for your country, you should be able to have a drink. Besides, if you make alcohol a little less of a taboo for youths, it should seem a little less enticing, a little less of an attractive 'forbidden fruit' than it is now. Not that I think it will actually change how many people imbibe by much at all.

“Reality is better than truth.”

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#36
Mar 15, 2013
 
Let's raise the age of entering the military to 21; that solves that problem.

The brain is still developing at the age of 18; alcohol actually impairs that process.
soooooo wrote:
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... so because you can't imagine anyone getting anything good out of alcohol, you want to restrict it that extensively? That's just an authoritarian mindset, not any kind of rational conservatism.
I'm with Mark - if you can die for your country, you should be able to have a drink. Besides, if you make alcohol a little less of a taboo for youths, it should seem a little less enticing, a little less of an attractive 'forbidden fruit' than it is now. Not that I think it will actually change how many people imbibe by much at all.

Since: Dec 06

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#37
Mar 15, 2013
 
We have strange people living in this world today. Most are against smoking witch does have an effect on your health but they support drinking alcohol. And that Alcohol does more damage then smoking ever caused with divorces, abuse and even death. Strange.
soooooo wrote:
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... so because you can't imagine anyone getting anything good out of alcohol, you want to restrict it that extensively? That's just an authoritarian mindset, not any kind of rational conservatism.
I'm with Mark - if you can die for your country, you should be able to have a drink. Besides, if you make alcohol a little less of a taboo for youths, it should seem a little less enticing, a little less of an attractive 'forbidden fruit' than it is now. Not that I think it will actually change how many people imbibe by much at all.

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