Drinking Age Debate - Malone, NY

Discuss the national Drinking Age debate in Malone, NY.

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

Malone says 18
Yes, 18 is better.
 
23
No, 21 is fine.
 
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Ashamed

Syracuse, NY

#1 Dec 5, 2011
18 is too young. Our roads would become battle fields with dead teens all over them. This has been proven and there is NO reason to do it other than to allow bars more customers. Do they really need more? Or should we raise the age to 25 or so?
No way

Syracuse, NY

#2 Dec 5, 2011
NO WAY! There's already too many drunk kids now. Imagine what our roads would be like. I say it should be raised to 25.
shannon

Longmont, CO

#3 Dec 5, 2011
I am on the fence on this one,for a lot of reasons. The most important one that comes to mind is that we will let an 18 yr old young man or young woman serve our country. They enter into basic training, the word basic scares me. They are trained, we hand them a gun, and other weapons. Put them in other countries, to risk their lives everyday to save ours. Yet if and when they come home for a visit, and happen to still be under 21 they can't have a beer?! Now I think that if they have done that then by god they deserve a drink! They deserve a drink more than I do!
frank c

Boonville, NY

#4 Dec 6, 2011
if you can go to war you can have a drink
Yup

Syracuse, NY

#5 Dec 6, 2011
Ashamed wrote:
18 is too young. Our roads would become battle fields with dead teens all over them. This has been proven and there is NO reason to do it other than to allow bars more customers. Do they really need more? Or should we raise the age to 25 or so?
That's way overblown. The drinking age was 18 once and our roads were not "battlefields".

Increased penalties for DUI have resulted in a lower incidence of driving while intoxicated.

Alcohol is just a substance. In and of itself it is inert. It's only an issue when it is misused or abused by an individual. That's where the issue is, every time. So crusade if you must, but the reality is something else.

In cultures where there is no minimum drinking age, alcohol consumption is de- emphasized. Those places just do not have the issues we see in places where an ability to legally consume alcohol is equated with a 'coming of age'.

Since: Sep 08

Woodbridge, VA

#6 Dec 6, 2011
If the kids your men and women want to drink , thy will get it. Just like drugs.
A lot of kids that turn that way are kids who do not have anything to do.
And since Malone can't support a place that's for the kids to go and have fun.
A all age teen center, in that teen center the kids could have fun raisers so thy could have bands come in go on trips, lots of good thing, it would teach team work , how to make money, might give alot of kids a chance to see others places.
OK start shooting.
If in the service at any age, you serve them because its right, other then that 21. end of this.

X drunk wonder why?

Really

Ithaca, NY

#7 Dec 6, 2011
frank c wrote:
if you can go to war you can have a drink
Since when did entering the military and drinking alcoholic beverages become the same thing or go hand in hand? Is it a new prerequisite that I am unaware of? With all of the traumatic experiences some of them go through - the last thing they should be doing is dealing with it by drinking alcohol.

Since: Sep 08

Woodbridge, VA

#8 Dec 6, 2011
Really wrote:
<quoted text>
Since when did entering the military and drinking alcoholic beverages become the same thing or go hand in hand? Is it a new prerequisite that I am unaware of? With all of the traumatic experiences some of them go through - the last thing they should be doing is dealing with it by drinking alcohol.
No one said thy had to drink.
I think if thy can fight and die for us then their plenty old to make up their mind if thy like a drink or not. I do not think its right for us to say to someone who offering to put their life on the line that their to young to DRINK. come on. Do thy not have a right after making that big sacrifice,???
xd
yup

Clay, NY

#9 Dec 6, 2011
I don't think any one should drink. It just causes problems

Since: Apr 11

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#10 Dec 6, 2011
You can sign up and Fight overseas at 18 but you cant drink?

Some thing is wrong here.

Either raise the age for the Military or Lower the Drinking Laws.
just a thought

Clay, NY

#11 Dec 6, 2011
I think a lot of 18 year old's are drinking now. I don't think that lowering the drinking age will hurt anything.
happy face

Clay, NY

#12 Dec 6, 2011
It is not the age of the person it is how mature they are. I know a lot of men in their 50s that drink like a fish and then get behind the wheel.
How sad.

Since: Nov 11

Winthrop, NY

#13 Dec 6, 2011
Your old enough to vote and old enough to go and fight at 18 you should be old enough to drink , How long are we supposed to treat our youngfolk as children ,We were expected to take our own responsibility for life when we got out of high school and turned 18 ,did the maturity level take a jump up to the mid 20s in the last few decades or what ,Time to stop pampering them ,at 18 you should be considered an adult ,get a job ,get your own apt. and let your parents have their life back
shannon

Longmont, CO

#14 Dec 6, 2011
Drinking doesn't cause the problems, the people that drink until they can float away are the problem. As with any adult decision, you have to know when to do something and when to stop doing something. If you don't then you have a problem. If I want to have a social drink and stop at that then that is my business. If I decide to get wasted again my business, but also my problem. However I don't drink, and I don't take to kindly to the ones that do get wasted and get out in a car and could kill themselves, a child, or myself. If you are adult enough to drink, then be adult enough to call a cab! If you are an 18 yr old adult and don't have cab fare, call your parent(s). They would much rather go get you, then to have you drive or ride with someone who is drunk. Parents want you safe and alive.
Beach Bum

Watertown, NY

#15 Dec 7, 2011
shannon wrote:
I am on the fence on this one,for a lot of reasons. The most important one that comes to mind is that we will let an 18 yr old young man or young woman serve our country. They enter into basic training, the word basic scares me. They are trained, we hand them a gun, and other weapons. Put them in other countries, to risk their lives everyday to save ours. Yet if and when they come home for a visit, and happen to still be under 21 they can't have a beer?! Now I think that if they have done that then by god they deserve a drink! They deserve a drink more than I do!
We send them over to fight for our freedom, country and our lives. Do we need them to come back here and take our lives on a highway, no. They have been trained to handle a gun in a battleonly. To be able to hunt in N.Y State they need to take a hunter safety class as they are not trained in this field. The military doesn't teach them every thing.

Since: Sep 08

Woodbridge, VA

#16 Dec 7, 2011
Beach Bum,
You have sand flees for a brain ,
Lets see, thy can die for us. Get marred, buy homes, have kids, get credit cards, drive, get a job.
But by the time their 18 if thy don't know right from wrong, my god man what you saying.
Training to drink lol send them to drinking school, class 101 required, senior year, ya that a work. And I could teach it too, I'm qualified, citified dunk.
xd
shannon

Longmont, CO

#17 Dec 7, 2011
What I am saying Beach Bum, is simple. If we allow them to serve our country then I sure as h*** think they should be able to have a drink. You hear parents all the time telling kids when you are 18 you can move out from under our roof and make your own decisions. If this is true then why can't they decide to have a drink? If the parent(s) raised them correctly, to know the dif between socially drinking and getting wasted. Then sir/madam we should have no problems. Are you doubting all parent(s) ability to teach their children? I don't know how hunting in NY got into the debate, but I am glad to know they teach gun safety, however what about adults that go to the hunting camps and tip a few back, go out with a buddy to hunt? Is this safer than an 18 yr old at a friends home having a drink, and stayin over or calling a cab or parent to pick them up?

Since: Sep 08

Woodbridge, VA

#19 Dec 8, 2011
Yes drink, I you can go to war and die you should be able to have a drink as long as you have your I.D.. Other then that 21.
yup

Clay, NY

#20 Dec 8, 2011
Drinking at 18 or 50 is not the problem. It is people who "over drink"
18 year olds are drinking.
Yup

Syracuse, NY

#21 Dec 8, 2011
18 is too young for the military, in my opinion. But the meat grinder wants 'em young. That isn't changing any time soon.

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