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Old 10-05-2012, 06:28 PM
 
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I understand not in the near future. I also understand a state could if it wanted to but then it would lose allot of "funding"? Apparently an 18 year old is an adult in the US, but not letting them consume alcohol is babying them. I think it's complete bs. Teens are already underage drinking, at least if it was legal there wouldn't be that much of a problem. People drink underage because they know there not supposed to, but if it was legal I don't see how teens would not act responsible. If the government labels them as an adult. They can vote, pay taxes, military, smoke, buy a house/car but you're telling me they can't have a drink once in a while?
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:33 PM
 
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I understand not in the near future. I also understand a state could if it wanted to but then it would lose allot of "funding"? Apparently an 18 year old is an adult in the US, but not letting them consume alcohol is babying them. I think it's complete bs. Teens are already underage drinking, at least if it was legal there wouldn't be that much of a problem. People drink underage because they know there not supposed to, but if it was legal I don't see how teens would not act responsible. If the government labels them as an adult. They can vote, pay taxes, military, smoke, buy a house/car but you're telling me they can't have a drink once in a while?

18-21 adults are not much of a lobbying force, so I doubt it happens.

When I was in the Army though, sometimes they would see my ID and say, you can drink. When I was under 21 of course.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:39 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Are we allowed to mention the President under whom the national drinking age was increased to 21 (and who advocated for it)?
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:41 PM
 
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Ronald Reagan. Drinking age act of 1984.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:42 PM
 
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The age was lowered in many states in the 1970's through the 80's for exactly some of the reasons you listed.

What was noticed immediately was a large uptick in drunk driving incidents and deaths. MADD formed in 1980 and began lobbying to raise the age back to 21. One method happened upon was convincing Congress to tie highway funding to the drinking age. States without an age of 21 lose a portion of their federal highway funding. That was because the federal government considers drinking a state issue and couldn't set a national drinking age.

Most states which had lowered the age raised it back (gradually for those who were in the bubble between 18 and 21) in order to maintain funding.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:43 PM
 
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It's all because of mothers against drunk driving. If it wasn't for them me and my son would be heading down to LV.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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It's all because of mothers against drunk driving. If it wasn't for them me and my son would be heading down to LV.
Drinking age in the USVI is 18. The blood alcohol limit is "as long as you can drive reasonably straight"
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:49 PM
 
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It's all because of mothers against drunk driving. If it wasn't for them me and my son would be heading down to LV.
So go to Canada or Mexico instead.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:52 PM
 
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Frontal lobe development. Pre frontal cortex for you smarty pants.
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:54 PM
 
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Drinking age in the USVI is 18. The blood alcohol limit is "as long as you can drive reasonably straight"
Hmm. I was unaware that USVI was 18.
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