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"Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?," on

Submitted by David Borden on (Issue #770)
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Did you know the drinking age is an example of continuing societal debate over how best to regulate legal drugs? Read what different thinkers have to say, at "," part of the family.

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Anonymous8675309 (not verified)

Nope! Should be 21 for alcohol and Marijuana. Maybe even the military too!
Mon, 02/04/2013 - 7:52pm Permalink
kelemi (not verified)

I was 16 when I spent 18 months in St. Gallen, Switzerland. At the time there was no drinking age, but you had to be 18 to go to the movies. The big thrill was going to the movies.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 8:33am Permalink
Mike Parent (not verified)

If they're in the military.  After all, the Govt. gives them a gun, sends them half way around the world, and has them kill or be killed. 

I grew up when the age limit was 18.  I hardly drank at all and most of my friends didn't drink much, either.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 2:47pm Permalink
Old_Cowboy (not verified)

If you can vote and die you ought to be able to drink.  In fact, I think it should be lowered to 16.  The young love forbidden fruit.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 1:51pm Permalink
AnonymousLemme… (not verified)

Every other country where the drinking age is lower has less alcohol-related accidents. Coincidence?

All a 21 year age limit on alcohol does is give money to the person supplying me with my fake, which I use to drink.

If I can take a bullet for my country I sure as hell can take a shot.

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 3:24pm Permalink
Bongstar420 (not verified)

Age limits are oversimplified policies designed to appease overconcerned/misinformed social conservatives. These rules do not help society but rather hurt it by promoting the notion that people's chronological state determines their competency. This is not true since most adults are hardly competent. I propose that access be based entirely on competency rather than retarded "oh, your old enough now" rules.

Sat, 02/09/2013 - 12:56pm Permalink

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