We're adults! And in most cases we can buy it anyways? I am a 16 year old and honestly I can just go to the liquor store in my town and can buy anything there anytime I want. I just did the other day! Did you know us teenagers are more likely to binge drink because we don't know the next time we're going to get a bottle? Instead of letting us experiment alone with friends, bring us out into bars, restaurants, clubs etc. And properly show us how to drink..

  • If we are old enough to..

    If we are old enough to get married, buy tobacco products, vote, drive, own our own home, and get a tattoo, which are all pretty big responsibilities, i think we should be able to drink, we are offically adults when we are 18 so why not give us ALL the responsibiliries, or maybe even give it a test run!

  • It should be a YES.

    I'm 25 and personally, at the end of the day.. People 21+ over to the damn 50's can cause accidents because of alcohol.. It's not because how young they are, it's all about responsibility!!! How the hell is it right that someone who is 18 can't drink but can die for someone else 21+ to drink and in the future may get DWI. Like seriously.. You can't judge someone off their age.. People are all raised differently and some of these teens are far more
    Mature than people my age.. I'm all for making it legal. People under 18 will drink and people who have DWI's will drink & drive regardless.

    18+ -> drinking age.

  • Why hasn't this been changed already???

    If you have the maturity to own a gun, choose someone to spend the rest of your life with, vote, and slowly kill yourself with cigarettes, why are you deemed unable to drink alcohol by the government? The majority of the world has their legal age set at 18 and there are no issues. What's the hold up?

  • Drinking age should be 18 because....

    Honestly, I'm 18 and I believe that it should be lowered. I'm in college and we go to frat parties in college to have the ability to drink alcohol but the risk there are worse than actually going to the bars it's easy for guys to ruffy girls. Not only that but to say that were still going cognitive is stupid because so are people who are 21. I have plenty of friends that are 21 or older and I'm known as the responsible one. Another reason is we are adults we can go into debt we can go to jail we can go to war and get killed but yet we can't drink? If I'm going to die you sure of hell bet I'm going to enjoy a drink before it. Not only this but a lot of us drink because we're not allowed to, so it makes us feel as if we were "cool" because we have access to someone who can buy us alcohol. Also, you guys don't know how many college students have fakes. It's ridiculous. If you go to a big school like mine you know everyone on campus has one. So, it's not stopping underage drinking from happening. Other countries don't have big drinking problems and they can all drink at 18 maybe we should try to change. Everyone is just afriad, but you can't say something is bad until you've tried it.

  • 18 = legal adulthood

    At 18, people are considered adults. They should be allowed to decide if they want to consume alcohol. 18 year olds can do everything else like vote or go into the military, so why shouldn't they be allowed to drink? The 18 year olds that would abuse alcohol if it were legal are the ones that are doing it even though it's not legal. 18 year old, if they want to badly enough, are going to drink anyway so it may as well be legal. There 18, they're adults that are supposed to now be able to make their own decision, so yes the drinking age should be lowered.

  • Educate Before Drinking - Drinking License

    Instead of just saying, "no", why not make it mandatory that when a person turns 18, they have to take a course on the effects/responsibilities of alcohol. Kids are going to find ways to drink around this age, regardless of any law. And usually when they do drink, they drink in excess without much concern for any harmful effects because they don't know when they're going to be able to drink again. This leads to a lot of alcohol poisoning, and people just hurting themselves in general. At the end of the course, if a student passes, they'll be given an alcohol license saying that they know the consequences of their actions. You can't stop them, so why not educate them?

  • Yes they should

    18 year old's are allowed to vote,defend their country, and smoke then why should they not be allowed and if they do this to them it will become temptation because is forbidden and they will want to do it more plus if you expect them to be responsible and they are responsible why not let them .Now i am not saying it is fine for them to drink and drive that's another topic .

  • Die at 18

    Were allowed to die and shoot people st 18 and can get married, be responsible parents and make life decisions yet not responsible enough to hold a beer, makes no sense.. It would be way less tempting in college if teens were exposed to drinking in a civilized, modest way.

  • It Definitely should be 18 or 19

    No matter what people are going to drink. If the drinking age gets lowered people wouldn't get such a thrill from breaking the law. College students will always have a "hookup" no matter what. Parties are still going to happen, college students are still going to get wasted. Lowering the drinking age will also help the government get tax money. So I say let it be 18 or at least 19.

  • Think on it.

    In the U.S ALONE every 12 minutes a person dies from drinking and driving most are 16-20 years old. If we lower the drinking age it will do nothing to decrease those numbers. It will only INCREASE the death toll. Think on it, you have a kid of your own (if you don't then pretend or use your imagination) and one night he/she will go out and get drunk get behind the wheel and wind up the next day buried 6 feet below the ground. How will it make you feel knowing that he was drunk, saw him staggering toward the car but yet you didn't say a darn thing about it. How do you feel now that you have a death on your hands that you could of prevented? So point being proven, keep it at 21. More kids just might get a slap of reality before then and realize drinking at 18 is the most stupid thing anyone could ever think of doing.

  • No! They Shouldn't.

    18 year olds are too stupid to understand the damage alcohol can cause. They are still teenagers and not mature enough to handle the effects of what alcohol will cause. Drinking is one of the main reasons 16-18 year olds are getting pregnant. These kids saying that they are mature enough for alcohol are just stupid. But,if they wanna die early from alcohol poisoning or liver and kidney failure let them go ahead and die. They made the stupid choice if they are dumb enough to drink then they deserve the consequences and I will laugh when they die from it because I told them it was a stupid decision.

  • No. If the legal drinking age were lowered, it would pose threats to not only the drinkers themselves, but other people.

    Young people are notorious for binge drinking and this leads to many dangerous problems. Drunk-driving rates are highest among drinkers 21 to 25 years of age (23%). And this is just legal drinkers. An additional 17% were people ages 16 to 20.
    Drinking greatly affects proper brain development. Even after 21, a person's brain is still developing. Drinking affects social skills, communication, behavior, motor skills, coordination, memory, and even cell count.
    People can argue that they have other rights at 18, but the legal age is 21 for a reason. Lowering the legal age to drink alcohol will do more harm than good to anyone involved with alcohol.

  • No, the Legal Drinking Age Should Not Be Lowered to 18

    The legal drinking age should not be lowered to 18 simply because alcohol is one of the leading causes of death in this country. I realize that young people who are determined to drink themselves to death are not going to be deterred by the legal drinking age, however the research is solid and we should not help them along in their quest for alcohol. We should do everything we can to keep kids from drinking for as long as possible.

  • Absolutely Not

    The legal age to drink should not be lowered to 18. Studies have shown that individuals at that age are still developing cognitively, meaning that their brains are not fully developed yet. This is why teenagers are more apt to engage in impulsive behaviors and dangerous acts. Therefore, individuals at this age would be more likely to binge drink as well as drink and drive. Lowering the drinking age will only give them more ammunition to harm themselves and others.

  • Brain is Not Fully Developed

    While we may be adults at 18, our brains do not fully develop until our mid-20s. There is a neurotoxin in the teenage brain that makes it more susceptible to the harm done by alcohol abuse. Teens who drink before 21 are up to 60% more likely to become dependent on alcohol later in life. In addition, in Europe, where they have a lower drinking age, there is more youth crime, rape, injury, alcoholism, and bring drinking.

  • Kids are not yet responsible enough to drink at this age.

    Of course there are people who are 18 who join the military and obviously they are responsible enough other wise they wouldn't be doing something so brave. But yet all the other 18 year old in the united states may not be as responsible which cause fatal accidents and alcohol poising.

  • Mature...I Dont Think So.

    People now days are not as mature as we would like to make them out to be. Not only are we still in our party phase, but I’m almost positive there would be more fatal fatalities due to drinking and driving in the younger age group. 2010 had estimated 17,000 deaths in the 18-25 age groups. Let’s protect our youth.

  • Stupid idea overall

    Its dangerous and a risk to others and of course it will cause binge drinking! You can hurt people in car crashes in not only your car but it will hurt people in other cars too! Also the brain does not fully mature until the age of 21 so you could cause permanent damage to the brain!

  • The legal drinking age should not be lowered to 18.

    I believe that the drinking age should not be lowered to 18 because if it was lowered to 18, they would still be able to drink; even if it is against the law. The government need to think about something more reasonable and support their decision. It would make the teenagers become more furious and they might cause war.

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