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.
December 11th, 2011 - Maureen-800001 said:
A person will find ways to drink if that is what they decide to do, whether he/she be 10 years old or 90. When should alcohol be made legally available to a person? I'd say, at the same age they become a "legal adult".......now, there's the question.............................:)
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.
December 12th, 2010 - Wallace-539706 said:
Higher then 21. It should be raised to 25. When I went into the service at eighteen, I was suddenly allowed to drink. I found I was not able to handle it, and it caused me many problems. 25 is arbitrary. But people are more settled at 25 and more able to make better decsions. And cetainly are more capable of dealing with the consequences of wrong choices.
October 24th, 2010 - Greg-635530 said:
if at 18 they are old another to vote then there of age to drink
if at the age of 18 are marched to Iraq or Afghanistan to fight then there
of age to drink
I also agree the penalties should stiffer and max sentences be stiffer
I also like to mention it just not drinking and driving but abuse
in the home is can be linked to drinking
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 16th, 2008 - Pamela-101301 said:
As Stephanie mentioned, at eighteen, the brain is still not fully developed. Alcohol is a mind altering drug that can have a negative impact. Statistics show that raising the drinking age has lowered the number of traffic accident among teenager, have reduced the numbers developing dependency, and have reduced the amount of alcohol in high schools. I have listed some of the references in earlier posts. Knowing the physiological effects on the developing brain, it would be extremely irresponsible to lowere the drinking age.
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 13th, 2008 - Pamela-101301 said:
I couldn't agree with you more, Christine. But over the years I have learned a lot about substance abuse and the effects of using these substances while the brain is still developing. While a higher age is not going to stop all minors from obtaining alcohol and other drugs, there has been much research done on the increased dependency of substances on brains still developing. Studies have shown an increase of substance abuse amongst those who started using at an earlier age. Part of the education is to make sure the message goes out that an eighteen year old's brain is still developing, and drinking at this age can increase the risk of becoming dependent on alcohol as well as increase the risk of abusing other drugs. Again...this doesn't stop all under the age but higher drinking age has had positive results. There is also evidence of more alcohol in high schools when the age was 18. And yes - unfortunately too many young people are addicted to prescription drugs. But studies and statistics show that "the earlier a person begins using alcohol, greater is the risk of current and adult drug use." These studies can be found in the following:
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, “Cigarettes, Alcohol, Marijuana: Gateways to Illicit Drug Use,” p31, October 1994.
Little, PJ, et al., “Differential Effects of Ethanol in Adolescent and Adult Rats,” Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 20(8):1346-1351, November 1996.
As I mentioned in my earlier post, The Journal of Substance Abuse reported lower alcohol dependency after increasing the MLPA. If a higher drinking age only reduced dependency by 1% I'd support it. The percentage is much higher.
Thank you so much for your prayers and I will continue to pray for all those who suffer from addiction.
March 13th, 2008 - Pamela-101301 said:
Oh, by the way...when I was in tenth grade, the drinking age in Michigan was 18. I remember a senior picking up wine coolers on our way to school. I'm not saying I would not have developed an alcohol dependency if I didn't have easy access in high school, but I do know that my friend driving me to school that day would not have been able to stop at the party store on the way to school and purchase twelve wine coolers. Something to ponder. :o)
March 13th, 2008 - Pamela-101301 said:
As a recovering alcoholic, I could never support the lowering of the legal drinking age. The 1978 National Study of Adolescent Drinking Behavior found that "10th-12th graders in states with lower drinking ages drank significantly more, were drunk more often, and were less likely to abstain from alcohol. Additionally, national data show that high school seniors who could not legally drink until age 21 drank less before age 21 and between ages 21-25 than did students in states with lower drinking ages." Written in the Journal of Substance Abuse: "Age of Onset of Alcohol Use and Its Association with DSM-IV Alcohol Abuse and Dependence: Results from the National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiologic Study," studies show that the younger a person begins using alcohol, the greater the chance of developing alcohol dependency or abuse some time in their life. The brain is still in the development stage and studies showed that a person waiting until age 21 before drinking, risk of alcohol dependence or abuse decreases by over 60%. Lowering age does not reduce the allure of alcohol (as in forbidden fruit). Just makes fruit more available. In 1983 - One year before The National Minimum Purchase Age Act (to 21) was passed - 88% of high school seniors reported some alcohol use and 41% reported binge drinking. By 1997, alcohol use by seniors dropped to 75% and binge drinkers fell to 31%. While you can vote and join the military at 18, you can't rent a car until 25 or run for President until 35. These ages take into account the requirements, risks, and benefits of each act. I would much rather see people fight to raise the military age than to lower the age for a drug that can directly affect the brain's development.
March 12th, 2008 - Robert-131099 said:
I think it should be the same age as everything else when you become an adult. Now it could be 18, or raise the age of becoming an adult to an older age. All I am saying, if you are going to be responsible for getting married, voting, etc. then you are can be responsible for drinking.
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.
March 11th, 2008 - Brian-317772 said:
My issue with making the age 18 is that puts it -- legally -- in the high schools. It's a lot easier, as a freshman in high school, to find a senior who will buy for you than it is to find someone outside of school. Not that they won't find a way if they want to anyway, but ease of access is very magnified if it's 18 instead of 19.