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should the usa lower the drinking age
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andyl5146
Jun 05, 2010
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debatefreak
Jun 06, 2010
2 convinced
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I think they should lower it to 18, if you are old enough to gamble.. and make a decicion to serve this country i think you should be able to drink

 
andyl5146
Jun 05, 2010
1 convinced
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yeah, but those people were just irresponsible and drank more than they could hold. there's no harm in an 18 year old, who can drive across state lines, smoke and join the army being able to drink every now and then.

 
andyl5146
Jun 05, 2010
1 convinced
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there will always be stupid people in the world, that can't be avoided. but if you think that 3 years is going to make any difference whatsoever with these stupid people you are mistaken. So there is absolutely no reason to make 18-19-20 year old's who will drink responsibly and can hold their liquor have to wait another three years just to give everybody else a false sense of security.

 
mwlizz
Jun 06, 2010
1 convinced
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Part of the appeal of alcohol to these kids is that it is forbidden. If it is legalized, then they may very well be less motivated to drink.

 
distort
Jun 08, 2010
1 convinced
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If you are allowed to live on your own, get a car, get a job, join the military, and get married at age 18, I don't see why the drinking age should be 21. The way I see it, adults should be able to make their own decisions, and the USA considers those of 18 years of age or older to be adults. If you want to argue that 18 year olds are not adults, that's an entirely different argument. I just think everything concerning these sorts of activities should be one single age. I could care less what age that is.

 
mwlizz
Jun 06, 2010
0 convinced
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The fact is that kids drink anyway, illegally, and make these "mistakes." If it is legalized, parents will be more cautious about letting their children drive and perform other dangerous activities.

 
mwlizz
Jun 06, 2010
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In the current state, kids are actually encouraged to drink before they come of age: what teen does not want to do things s/he is not supposed to? If the drinking age is lowered, this central motivation for drinking will disappear. Moreover, parents usually oversee their childrens' habits when they are in high school-at least somewhat- and if the drinking age is lowered many parents will attempt to ensure that these kids do not develop bad drinking habits. Currently, people are usually in college when they start drinking, and they will obviously not be mentored by a "wiser being" there.

 
shortnike3
Jun 28, 2010
0 convinced
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If you can die for your country, vote for our leaders, smoke, gamble, and be held responsible for murder you should be able to drink.

 
kinetic12
Sep 30, 2010
0 convinced
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I understand many of the arguments supported by studies that argue against lowering the drinking age, they list statistics of DUIs as well as traffic accidents when under the influence. Many of these statistics were taken when the drinking age was determined by each state, many underage drinkers would drive across the state border, and drive back after their drinking binge. First off people say teens arent as responsible as adults. Obviously they aren't. But isn't it better to allow them into a legal establishment where instead of partying with equally irresponsible teens in who knows where, without anyone to responsibly escort them out, they are allowed to drink in a establishment and obviously get escorted out or stopped if they are going overboard. The amount of underage drinking is ridiculous, millions of teens clog the streets illegally. If anyone has actually gone to a "real" college you will understand the difference between a party with a Police helicopter overhead and people scattering over walls and sitting down at a bar and having a guinness and a cheeseburger. Raising the drinking age could stimulate the economy as well as allow us to teach teens how to be responsible about their drinking.

 
konorei
Jul 23, 2011
0 convinced
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Now, in today's society teenagers can pretty much acquire anything they want, including alcohol. The way I see it is lower the drinking age because whether its legal or not, kids are going to get it, so at least let it be in a setting where they can choose for themselves instead of going down some dark alley get a drink from some stranger, which may or not be what they were intentionally buying. (Plus as a friend of many under aged drinkers I must put out younger drinkers are actually more responsible than most of the older drinkers I know.) Also lets face it in Europe and Asia where there is barely a limit to drinking there is far less violence due to alcohol. Sure in Ireland there may be a few more bar fights but at least in Ireland after you are done beating each other up you both sit down to a nice pint. GO IRELAND!

 
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larryt700
Jun 05, 2010
5 convinced
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I have seen too many dead kids as a result of irresponsible drinking, drinking and driving, alcohol poisoning, sexual assault and many other crimes as a result of alcohol.

 
larryt700
Jun 05, 2010
3 convinced
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Will drink responsibly? Wow, you might have a problem if you need alcohol so bad. The fact is that kids stil drink and there is nothing that anyone can do. What hopefully happens is that parents understand the law and when they allow their kids and kids' friends to party, they are cognizant of the law and take the steps necessary to make sure all get home safely and do not over indulge.

 
larryt700
Jun 05, 2010
2 convinced
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I use to feel the same way but why does the Army choose people who are 18 years old to fight? That same reason is why 18 year olds should not freely drink. They are 10 foot tall and bullet proof and I posted a story about this young man I caught speeding and I asked him about the kids. He replied that he didn't have kids in his car but then I pointed to each car that passed us with an occupied child seat in the back of the car. However, his perspective didn't reach beyond the confines of his own car, and had little perspective of others on the roadway in which he also placed in danger.

What is the main drug of choice of young adults between the ages of 14 and 21? Marijuana? Nope! Meth? Nope! It is and has always been alcohol......



 
anthony130
Jun 14, 2010
1 convinced
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Kids do drink illegally anyway and in result, do make "mistakes" because they drink. These "mistakes" as you are trying to put off, are fighting, crashing cars, vandalism, rape, manslaughter/murder, and unprotected sex. Without the age limit restriction, these "mistakes" would increase because there would be nothing to stop any kid of any age from drinking. You make no sense when you state parents will become more cautious if its legalized. What would that do anyway? Imagine a parent talking to their teenage kid, "Johnny, I advise you not to drink and drive tonight. Although it is legal for you to drink and you cannot get in trouble, you can still cause harm to yourself and other people." Wow, a parent contradicting them-self and telling their kid to be cautious about something that's legal....That makes sense!....Right? Wrong. If something is legal, kids will do it. Why? Because its LEGAL. Parents wouldn't be able to become more cautious. The only way to do that is to strap their kids down in a straight jacket and never let them out, so they can't drink or drive or perform "other dangerous activities." Hmmmmmm....What are "other dangerous activities" that kids could perform? Sports, jumping on trampolines, going sleigh riding,.......Ohhhhhh!!!!!!! You mean having fun and living a normal life?

 
romaro
Jun 05, 2010
0 convinced
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There are too many cases where accidents happen that could have been avoided. Lowering it is like giving the go-ahead to make more "mistakes"

 
djraw1
Jun 07, 2010
0 convinced
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We need to raise the driking age..

 
steve31589
Jun 14, 2010
0 convinced
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Achoholic drinks are fairly easily accessible to kids anyway and being illegal simply gives them a motivation to try it.

 
sw1325
Jun 14, 2010
0 convinced
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Your brain is not fully developed until you are about 25 years old, so people shouldn't drink even at age 21! Alcohol damages the brain, so if the brain isn't done developing and it's being damaged, it won't develop well. Also, as we know, 18 year olds are people who have just became "adults" and they still aren't good at making adult decisions. When you have just had alcohol it makes your ability to make good decisions a lot worse, so an 18 year old who's not good at making decisions being under the influence of alcohol won't be able to make a good decision, nor will a 25 year old under the influence, or even a 32 year old. This could lead to a lot of 18 year olds making bad decisions, like drinking and driving, and over 17,000 people die a year because of drunk driving accidents, because more 18 year olds might do this, this number might get a lot higher. It is estimated that every 39 minutes someone in the U.S. is killed by a drunk driver, and if there are more people making the bad decision of drinking and driving (like 18 year olds would if they could legally drink) then that time could be lowered to 20 minutes, or maybe even just one minute.

 
cocoice625
Jun 26, 2010
0 convinced
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I believe that the drinking age in the USA should remain the same because the brain has not fully matured enough until age 21-25 to make the write decisions. If younger kids drink, this will most definitely cause them to make desicions that could severly alter or end their life. It's a matter of keeping everyone safe. There are so many news articles about people commiting suicides and homicides under the influence of alcohol. And drinking and driving causes at least 25,000 deaths per year!

 
frankiej4189
Jun 29, 2010
0 convinced
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Its funny because i've read about a dozen of these debates and actually heard about a dozen more and the people who are usually Pro lowering the drinking age are all about 15-22 and the people who are against lowering the drinking age are usually adults.

Alcohol is for adults, not kids/teenagers. While adults can still be reckless when they drink, they are more likely to be responsible and make mature, adult decisions. I have a hard time taking people seriously when they say the average 18 year old is mature enough to safely and responsibly handle the consumption of alcohol. They're either ignorant or their in that 15-22 years old range.

 


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