We are out of step from the rest of the world. Almost every western nation has it at 18. They realize that you can't call soemone too imature to make an adult decision and then call them an adult at the same time. 18 can join the military, can get married, OWN A GUN and own proptery but can't drink! A lot of people like to point out that it prevents car accsidents. I would like to point out the number of alohal related car accsidents have been going up since 1998 and the number of alcohal deaths related to alohcal abuse amoung teens has also gone up becuase they drink in private. Really all they did is take drinking out of the public squear for young people. They still drink Deaths still happen ehtier way. The way we have it now we are discrediting the law and adulthood in the eyes of young adults that break the drinking age law.
At least with lowering the drinking age to 18 we can start an agressive education compagian to encourage SAFE drinking at hightschools and colleges. Stastsiclly speaking in other european countries they have done this with sex and the amount of teen pregnancy went down. They probably still hvaing sex but its safe sex. That is the point. We gotten to the point of a society that we can be a little bad and deal with it.
Really i don't think the government should tell anyone want to put in there body. Its to them to make that choice and they are liable if that choice back fires.
I also would like to point out freedom isn't safe.
I hate the people who want to ban drinking for those under 21 because a few 16 year olds might get a drink from there friends. That is a parental issue not a government one. What this logic really says is its alright to punish 18 year olds because there parents are too lazy to raise there own child.
eurpean countires have learned to deal with under age drinking by education not brute force.
There are some people who don't agree.
Just for now on if I am "complaning" about it. Don't go off and assume I am talking to you.
Some people here didn't clearly state what they think on this issue. No I am not talking about you.
The guy started going after my drinking habbits(Not clearly mentioning what HE thinks the drinking age should be). I hardly call myself a huge drinker. I like doing it . He started accusing me of having a problem wtf? The guy doesn't even know me. Its friday today. I had one beer. I only had one because i wanted to be sharp when I start my starcraft 2 tourment later on. Which I will do now. I am freaken nerd. I only really drink around friends or if a female involed . Drinking at a bar is a nicer settting then a stuffed apartment or one of my friends parents house.
BTW I shared an ocaissional beer with my kid before he was 18 and now he goes out, limits his intake, doesn't binge. He was also taught personal responsibility which I think is missing today.
My dad did the same thing. He shared the occaissional beer before I was 18. I don't binge drink or anything like that. That needs to be the alternative to the drinking age. Its not the government job to tell adult 18 year olds not to drink. They drink anyway but without moderation. The drinking age only postpones this if that persons never had a drink before.
I think 18 is a logical drinking age because its when a child becomes an adult. Most 18 years drive, some have a job or go to school. THey are out on there own a lot more and they will find a way to drink anyway. Just not in public.
"years out makes them drink because they're not supposed to"
Yea it does. It also makes them do harder drugs as well since those drugs are easy to get. It also breeds disrepect for the law. I think a lot of American laws are unjustfied.
I really think America can take a few pointers from europe on how they do things.