Lowering US drinking age from 21 to 18: Does a drinking age of 21 help US security?

  • It should match

    If we are aloud to serve in the military think of the things that person will be going through if he/she comes back. It would be easier on that person and the police. If the drinking age will not be lowered to the age we can enlist then one of those age requirements isn't right.

  • The drinking age should match other legal ages and would prevent some underage drinking.

    If the legal age of adulthood is 18 and people are allowed to serve in, and required to enlist in, the military at 18, the drinking age should match that. This would save money tracking down some underage drinkers and servers and make things much easier to police in bars and places that serve/sell alcohol.

  • People under 21 find ways to get it, and if you're considered mature enough for combat you should be considered mature enough for a beer.

    People under 21 can just get alcohol by stealing it from their parents or by getting someone 21 or older to buy drinks for them. By telling somebody they can't do something, especially when there's no obvious reason why they shouldn't, they want to do it. "Reverse psychology". I bet teen alcohol deaths would go down by 25-50% if the drinking age was lowered to 18. It's 18 in most other countries and there seems to be no issues from it being 18 instead of 21.

  • No, consumption of alcohol has very little to do with a national security threat.

    A person who is 18 years of age is allowed to serve in the military and possible give their own life in a war zone. Makes no sense then that someone of that same age is not allowed to consume alcohol. It poses no national security risk, no more than enlisting within the military.

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