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should the drinking age limit be dropped to 18 years old in the U.S.A?

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Started: 11/11/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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tiedyetortoise

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People world wide for centuries now have been drinking alcoholic beverages since before christ at ages as young as they please. Yes, i do know the health affects on popele who drink but, also it is the responsible and already proclaimed 'legal adults' decision on weather or not to abuse the drink or not. Even as we speak now countreis world wide have their age limit set at a respectable age of 18, Such as the countries of:
Algeria
Argentina
Australia
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Belarus
Belize
Bermuda
Bolivia
Botswana
Brazil (19 in some provinces)
Burundi (none with parents)
Cameroon
Canada (19 in some provinces)
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chile
China
Columbia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Savador
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji (lowered from 21 in 2009)
Finland
France (no minimum age in private)
Gabon
Gambia
Gibraltar
Greece
Guatemala
Guyana
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
India (varies by state)
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Jordan
Kenya
Kyrgystan
Lebano
Lesoto
Lithuania
Malaw
Maldives
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldovia
Mongolia
Mozambique
Namibia
Nepal
New Zealand
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Puerto Rico
Poland
Portugal
Republic of China
Republic of Congo
Russia
Rwanda
Samoa
Serbia
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovena
South Africa
Spain
Sweden (none for low proof beverage)
Syria
Tanzania
Thailand
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Uganda
Ukraine
United Kingdom
(United States) Virgin Islands
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Zambia
Zimbabwe
As you can already see, the age limit of 21 is almost feeble, laughable in some cases. The funniest thing though for me, is the fact that we actually have a territory, the Virgin Islands, controlled by the United States and yet, even they have the limit set at 18. Does anyone else think it too, to be a bit ridiculous?
itsseanm

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You have some interesting and convincing claims. I do however, disagree on several points. Is it possible that society in ancient times, such as the people before Christ, drank freely because they were not as aware of the health issues caused by alcohol consumption as we are today? You also mention that you "know the health [effects] on [people] who drink", but it is that person's responsibility not to abuse it. My argument is that teenagers at 18 years old are not as responsible as adults in their twenties, and therefore shouldn't be expected to make a responsible decision about the use of alcohol. According to an article on the Growing Leaders website, "The portion of the brain that enables [kids] to make good decisions and balance benefits and consequences is not fully formed at 18 years old." (http://growingleaders.com...).
In other words, if we know there is a good chance that someone will use alcohol inappropriately, it is safer to restrict it until they are older and more mature.

Another point you made clear is the unarguable fact that many countries have a minimum legal drinking age (MLDA) of 18. I personally don't believe that that is enough evidence to conclude that our MLDA is wrongly set. In a paper written by Joel Grube comparing European and American youths, It was observed that "A great majority of the European countries in the survey had higher prevalence rates for self- reported intoxication than the United States" it is also stated on Procon.org that "teenagers also show equal or lower rates of intoxication/binge drinking than do adolescents from most European countries, and most European countries report higher rates of intoxication and binge drinking for youth under 13."
https://www.ncjrs.gov... (comparison abstract and a link to complete paper)
http://drinkingage.procon.org... (source of second quote)

What this tells us is that these European countries which allow for 18 year olds to drink have higher underage drinking rates and therefore support Our MLDA of 21. The United States do many things differently, sometimes things I don't understand (like not using the metric system, driving on the right side of the road, ect.) but we made a smart decision to be different when it comes to the safety of our youth.
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Posted by cheyennebodie 2 years ago
cheyennebodie
The DRUNKARD and the glutton shall come to poverty. Maybe that is one of the reasons those countries are not as prosperous as America. And the gluttony thing is why Ameerica is in trouble. Both are irresponsible behaviors.

Drinking alchohol. You can put that stuff in lanterns and burn it. It is not the smartest thing to do to let our young drink it.
Posted by theoneandonlykas 2 years ago
theoneandonlykas
nooo no that's not right
it's supposed to be a guy shruging
*sigh* anyway
Posted by theoneandonlykas 2 years ago
theoneandonlykas
I would, but I'm on your side. "\_(|84;)_/"
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