December 2nd, 2012 - Cindy-754558 said:
No, 21 is young enough, and I actually think the voting age should be raised if it weren't for our young 18 yr olds serving our country...or make them pass a test so they know about the govt. Too many youngins/Tweeters got on the Band Wagon for Obama and didn't even know who VP or Sec of State was.
September 17th, 2011 - Freddie-714102 said:
How about everything be 18? This would reduce accidents, and bring equity to the situation where a Marine or soldier is turned away from a bar after coming back from the field.
Otherwise, be prepared to make everything 21. All this overlap is inconsistent. Voter? Taxpayer? Then adult, says I.
October 22nd, 2010 - Corinna-623958 said:
I would say let's get rid of it all together. If my parents do or don't want to let me drink then that's their business. The government needs to get out of our lives and leave us alone. How healthy we choose to be is none of their business. Who do they think they are; our parents?
January 6th, 2009 - Jon-284646 said:
I agree with John. There appears to be some hypocrisy with U.S. laws that assume an 18 year old is wise enough to join the military and make decisions about life and death; essentially a license to kill, but not on something more trivial such as consuming alcohol.
For the majority that believe 21 is the appropriate age to allow drinking; you must also come to the conclusion that 18 is too young for people to make decisions concerning military involvement.
So, either the drinking age should be lowered, or the enlistment age should be raised. Personally, I lean towards the latter.
Unfortunately, a somewhat arbitrary law concerning these matters is necessary. Ideally each person would be granted these privileges on an individual basis.
January 6th, 2009 - John-4627 said:
First off, I have to agree with Paddy (from the UK). Parents teaching responsibility is the only way to go, as with anything. The law does nothing if the morale is not in the heart.
Second off. I work on a college campus, one of the best in the US. I see drunken college students all the time, especially some 3 days a week on the weekend. And, especially the freshmen. I see them act like idiots all the time. College is a time for experimentation. If they don't do it then, and learn from their mistakes, they'll make them when it counts not to, at some 30-40 years of age. Whether they have children or not. Most people quit binging, if they are smart, after college.
Third off. They can vote, smoke, go to night clubs, go to some less honorable type adult clubs, and be drafted for the military, all at age 18. All of these are adult activities. Yet somehow, they cannot try alcohol, which is also an adult activity.
January 5th, 2009 - Angela-102635 said:
The reason the age is set for 21 is that a man's brain doesn't develop until age 22 and women's at 20 so they made it 21. If they would tell people that there would be less talk about the government making the age at a certain level to make young kids mad. Also why would you want alcohol legal at 18-19 there are still kids in highschool at that age.
March 16th, 2008 - Stephanie-302804 said:
James- I agree partly with your comment. However, as far as voting is concerned, I'm not so sure that putting an age limit on it would be all that fair considering a lot of people (regardless of age) who vote seem to do so with an undeveloped brain. How else would Bill Clinton have gotten in the White House for not only one, but two, terms?But like I've said in previous posts, maturity and responsibility has nothing to do with it. There are some mature and responsible people under the age of 25. However, because the brain is still developing, alcohol could have a significant impact on them PHYSICALLY and lead to very serious PHYSICAL health problems.
March 15th, 2008 - Stephanie-302804 said:
I don't think it's so much about responsibility as it is about the impact that a mind-altering drug like alcohol has on a brain that is not fully developed yet. Some people under the age of 21 may be responsible and mature, but their physiology is the same as everyone else in their age group. It's about short and long term health, not responsibility.
March 13th, 2008 - Irene-322994 said:
Anytime you engage in negative behavior in excess you are on a fast rode to destruction and lots of pain. I worked with this population and saw many pains and some success cases. Keep your faith if you truly want to change and know that it is possible to eliminate a bad habit if it is replaced by something positive. Keep a good positive support system and someone you can really disclose to and you will be successful. We need others so don't try doing it by yourself. If the drinking age is lowered we will just be accepting an already out of control population of alcoholics who already make some bad choices as adults. It is true that underage drinking does exist but we don't need to encourage young adults age 20 and younger to drink while they are just new in adjusting to adult rules and regulations - it can be too overwhelming.
March 11th, 2008 - Stephanie-302804 said:
Jessica- you're absolutely right. Alcohol, or any mind-altering drug, is the last thing a developing brain needs. And for that reason, I think it would be wiser to raise the drinking age to perhaps 25, since the brain is still developing well into young adulthood.