Since so many rights are granted to young people before the age of 21, would lowering the drinking age make sense?

  • Remove the risks associated with drinking

    Basically the same thing that lachercheuse put as the last post under "no". Lowering the drinking age to 18 will decrease the appeal of teen drinking and will also encourage safer drinking practices and allow parents the opportunity to instill safe drinking practices in their children instead of having their children learn to drink dangerously from (sometimes uneducated) friends. Also having little knowledge of alcohol before encountering high-risk drinking situations increases the possibility of negative side effects. Teens are going to drink anyways, so why not make it as safe as possible for them?

  • I Support lowering the drinkig age to 18

    As I was growing up my parents let us have a beer or a drink on holidays and family functions or at home when they had a drink. By the time we knew and respected the effects of alcohol. Neither my sisters or I have ever been have ever had a DUI arrest or had any alcohol related problems. We drink responsibly. This due to learning under supervision what th effects of alcohol were. I feel that if we don't teach our kids by letting them experience alcohol while under our supervision is a mistake. My kids learned the same way I did at home. Today they are adults and either don't drink or they drink only at home.

  • Yes, I think lowering the drinking age would make sense, because lowering it would make consumption of alcohol less tempting.

    Many young people drink alcohol simply because it is forbidden. Underage drinking gives them a rush and makes them feel "grown up". I think if this idea of being daring was taken away, then drinking alcohol would become more of a choice that could be declined. Some people, young and old, are always going to abuse alcohol, regardless of age.

    Posted by: SuddenRashad84
  • Since, legally, a person is considered an adult at 18, and given the rights of an adult, it would make sense to lower the drinking age from 21.

    In the United States, upon reaching 18, one is legally considered an adult and, thus, given the rights and responsibilities of an adult, with the exception that they can not purchase or consume alcohol. This means that legal adults, who have the right to vote, serve jury duty, purchase firearms and serve and die in the military, are denied the comparatively small responsibility of drinking an alcoholic beverage. Therefore, it would be more than sensible to lower the age to 18.

    Posted by: EminentBennett93
  • Yes, the drinking age limit should be changed.

    Teens are allowed to drive by sixteen and vote by eighteen. Those are two very responsible events in a teen's life. If they are allowed to do that, why not let them drink? They are going to find a means of getting the alcohol somehow. We should be teaching them to drink responsibly.

    Posted by: StripperMor
  • Yes, i agree with lowering the drinking age.

    I believe that the legal drinking age should be lowered down to 18 to match the age when a child becomes an adult. When a child turns 18, the gain the right to vote, right to smoke and have sex. Also, when turning 18, you have the right to list in the army. But why not drinking? They say that an 18 year old is not mature enough to consume alcohol. It makes no sense that they are mature enough to vote and help run the government, but they are not mature enough to drink.
    One of the main reasons young people drink is because it is illegal for them. They get drunk because they want to rebel and it makes them feel like adults. If the drinking age was lowered, kids would not be as reckless with their drinking because they wouldn’t feel a need to rebel against the law. This would also lower the deaths from drunk driving.
    In many countries around the world, the drinking age is much lower than here in the U.S. In the United Kingdom’s, a person can legally drink in private at the age of 5, and 16 in public. Also, in many countries such as Poland and Guatemala there is no drinking age, but there is an age to buy alcohol in some.
    It is also said that kids who drink responsibility in their high school years will go off to college and have far less bad drinking experiences.

  • Yes, underage drinking and alcohol related accidents are two different things

    Just because somebody drinks doesn't mean that he's going to get into a car and run over ten people and then rob a bank. Drinking doesn't imply that you get hammered and commit crimes. Responsible drinking can be done at any age (I'm not saying give somebody under 18 a beer). Even if drinking does lead to crime, alcohol or age are not to blame. The perpetrator did therefore it it his fault and therefore should go to jail for a long time underage or above age. By the way people should have the right to control what they put in their bodies whether it is bad for them or good for them.

  • I agree with lowering the drinking age because it would prevent a lot of binge drinking we see today by exposing kids to responsible drinking at an earlier age.

    Kids who drink responsibly in high school before being legal will usually go off to college and have far less bad drinking experiences. They have already gotten the rush of drinking out of the way and can control themselves better at parties. Kids who have their first drinking experiences in college will usually be the ones with issues.

    Posted by: daemongus
  • It makes sense that young people who join the military and fight, and sometimes die, for our country should have the right to drink.

    Even though this may enable some immature or irresponsible teens legal access to alcohol, these teens would undoubtedly get alcohol one way or another anyway. Legalizing it at a younger age at least would allow our young military men and women (who generally are more mature and responsible than the average teen)the freedom to drink.

    Posted by: NettN355
  • I feel that the drinking age should be lowered to 18, because it's the same age that children are viewed as adults, and handed the responsibilities of being an adult.

    It is up to the parents to educate their children on the dangers of drinking alcohol during their adolescent years. If 18-year old kids are able to vote, defend their country, and take on other adult responsibilities, then they should be able to drink alcohol. Other countries that have a lower drinking age do not show any signs of increased alcoholism.

    Posted by: P0ngIevey
  • NO Keep it Legal

    Just Keep it at Legal age of 21 many Few Young Americans arent responsible yet!

    Kepp it Legal and Safe it makes since! You should enjoy it ounce you hit the age of 21! Itll still b here Thats why 21 is Special than any other age and you Developed into a Full grown adult at that age

    Also no more worrying how you can get it before that age.,,, It makes sense and to have Commonsense..,,

  • No, because it would just encourage young people to drink alcohol

    The country already has issues with underage drinking and binge drinking, and lowering the drinking age will not alleviate these issues. If anything, lowering the drinking age may exasperate these issues. The drinking age should not be altered in any way. Lowering the drinking age could potentially create bigger issues, therefore, it should not be changed.

    Posted by: AverageHoward86
  • I think lowering the drinking age is a bad idea, for many reasons.

    So many young people are not ready to handle drinking alcohol. It can be very problematic for some people to try and handle this, especially while they are trying to finish school and engaging in their first romantic relationships. An older drinking age is simply the safer option for everyone.

    Posted by: SamDude
  • Making the drinking age lower does not make any sense because they have not reach the mental level of maturity to handle the consequences of their actions yet.

    Teens are constantly having accidents and failing in focusing in school due to underage drinking. Their minds are not mature enough to handle the consequences of their actions.

    Posted by: Pumpkito
  • Young people under the age of 21 should not be able to drink, it would affect those younger than them negatively.

    The idea of a young adult aged 18-21 is not too offsetting. Sadly, as has happened in the past, if you allow those aged 18-21 to drink alcohol, those alcoholic drinks tend to be then passed on to those below the age of 18. There are many highschoolers that would qualify to be able to drink if the drinking age was 18 or 19, and thus many highschoolers as young as fourteen years old would be able to easily acquire alcohol.

    Posted by: T3ddDemon
  • Lowering the drinking age would lead to more social problems and accidents.

    I really disagree that the lowering the drinking age would make any sense since so many rights are granted to young people before the age of 21 because it may lead to various social problems and will lead to road accidents in case of drinking and driving situation. In many countries 21 years of age is the limit for drinking alcohol. Moreover lowering the age would not make them more responsible citizen of the nation.

    Posted by: I0rFashion
  • The drinking age law does not work, because many parents of teens who are a specific culture, let their teens drink at parties and so on.

    I believe that the drinking age does not work because many parents of cultures from Guyana and Trinidad let their teens drink at parties and they are perfectly okay to it. This would be because the parents also got introduced to drinking at a young age, and so this is actually part of their culture. The laws have no effect on what goes on inside parties at grand halls and so forth.

    Posted by: N34rIyGaIv
  • Drinking age laws, though difficult to enforce, remain a viable option for preventing underage drinking.

    Young people today are extremely irresponsible. We cannot lower the drinking age and give them another way to prove this irresponsibility. Children today receive many more rights than most of us did at their age. They have not responded to this increased responsibility as well as we would hope. We should do our best to help these children live up to existing responsibilities rather than giving them more.

    Posted by: D3vyHigh
  • Almost every American child tries to drink before 21, and it usually goes badly.

    Almost everyone I know that is my age drank before they turned 21, and in many cases under unsafe conditions. I think that a lower drinker age would put less emphasis on the "grown up" aspects of drinking, and make it seem like less of a big deal, which would lead teens to seek underage drinking less actively. In Europe, where there typically is no drinking age, there seems to be less "coolness" placed on drinking. It is just another things that you have an option to do. Somehow things that you can do are not quite as much fun!

    Posted by: lachercheuse

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