Drinking Age Debate - Little Falls, NY

Discuss the national Drinking Age debate in Little Falls, NY.

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

Little Falls says 18
Yes, 18 is better.
 
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No, 21 is fine.
 
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Since: Jan 10

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#1
Dec 6, 2011
 
1. Unfortunately here in America, when we say "drinking age" teens hear "drunking age".

2. Getting drunk on a regular basis (ie weekly) prevents the "late adolescent brain growth spurt" (new brain cells) We end up with adults with the decision making capacity of a 14 yo's. Without these new brain cells they can not make complex judgments, effectively weigh consequences, or plan ahead in any concrete way.

3. "If soldiers are old enough to fight they are old enough to drink". Wrong. They are NOT old enough to fight. Their brains are still growing. Most don't even have their adult teeth yet (wisdom teeth). Why do they enlist? See #2

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#2
Dec 6, 2011
 
The late adolescent brain growth spurt runs from 18-21, sometimes longer.

The midbrain is always saying "yes".
The forebrain is always saying "no".

This is evidence that "risk-taking behavior" is biologically driven, caused by the social and emotional part of the brain (midbrain) developing faster than the cognitive-control part of the brain (forebrain)
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binge alcohol exposure produces brain cell death and inhibits cell proliferation.

http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa59.h...
Rick Perry

Syracuse, NY

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#3
Dec 6, 2011
 
I thought the drinking age was 37? I mean, hell, if people can vote when they turn 21 maybe 21 is the best cut off.
GOMER

New York, NY

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Dec 6, 2011
 
i LIKE bEER

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Since: Jan 08

Indian Trail, NC

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#5
Dec 7, 2011
 
Scroll down this list of drinking ages in the world.
Notice the names of countries which have it set at 21.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_drinking_a...

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Thomas Jefferson

La Fayette, NY

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#6
Dec 7, 2011
 
Armed services elibible, but can't have a drink?

In college, better to be in public bars than doing alchohol or drugs on the sly.

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#7
Dec 7, 2011
 
This explains why a large population of college graduates aren't very intelligent! Binge drinking in freshman, sophomore, junior and many times senior years. I, for one, did not drink in high school however I made up for it my first 2 years of undergrad. Thanx Ish! This explains my occasional retardation.
short bus

Schenectady, NY

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Dec 7, 2011
 
West Coast Rapper wrote:
This explains why a large population of college graduates aren't very intelligent! Binge drinking in freshman, sophomore, junior and many times senior years. I, for one, did not drink in high school however I made up for it my first 2 years of undergrad. Thanx Ish! This explains my occasional retardation.
By "occasional" you mean once every 10 minutes or so?

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Dec 7, 2011
 
short bus wrote:
<quoted text>By "occasional" you mean once every 10 minutes or so?
Depends on the day.
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New York, NY

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#10
Dec 7, 2011
 
West Coast Rapper wrote:
This explains why a large population of college graduates aren't very intelligent! Binge drinking in freshman, sophomore, junior and many times senior years. I, for one, did not drink in high school however I made up for it my first 2 years of undergrad. Thanx Ish! This explains my occasional retardation.
Wow what a load of crap, You didn't drink in high school. I think your nose just grew a little there Pinocchio.
Norm

New York, NY

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#12
Dec 7, 2011
 
beer is good
Kringle

United States

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#13
Dec 7, 2011
 
Looks like Pennsylvania has a lot of young people on Topix. see map
Weird

New York, NY

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#14
Dec 7, 2011
 
If you grew up in good old LF and didn't drink alcohol in highschool, that probably means you drank a lot of urinal water.

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#15
Dec 7, 2011
 
I think the drinking age should be 10.
Justaparent

Mooresville, NC

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#16
Dec 8, 2011
 
We have adults that drink and drive we don't need kids doing it.
john d goode

Brewerton, NY

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#17
Dec 11, 2011
 
ishmael has no brain cells, and not due from drinking. just dumb
Older

New York, NY

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#18
Dec 11, 2011
 
Just listen to everyone on here at various times. 21 should be the minimum in this age of immature and aggressive behavior.There should be no doubt what so ever.Despite all the laws and penalties people are still killing each other on highways and elsewhere after leaving bars,restaurants,parties,etc.I realize you can still get it at earlier age but but this (21) will at least make the process harder and allow more time maturity.

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#19
Dec 11, 2011
 
NEWS FLASH! At 18... you ARE an adult.
The fact that a few bad actors mix alcohol and driving...
Shouldn't be used to dis-allow the vastly larger number
of responsible kids from driving.

The state can't protect you from everything.
Nor from everybody...
And you shouldn't ask them to.
Weed World

Utica, NY

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#20
Dec 11, 2011
 
Alcohol is addictive.

They are all better off smoking weed.
It Takes a Village

Utica, NY

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#21
Dec 11, 2011
 
God made sex so people wouldn't have to drink.
Maybe that's what postmenopausal women are for. Teen boys.

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