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Old 12-06-2013, 07:22 AM
 
Location: 60630
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I hate to say it, but no. Lowering the drinking age to 18 again will just lead to an increase of drunk driving accidents and deaths. That's the reason it was raised back up to 21 years ago.
Does the US have less drinking and driving than other countries with a 18 year age limit? Just curious?
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Old 12-06-2013, 07:23 AM
 
Location: England
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The legal drinking age here in England, has always been 18. Which means of course, young people of 16 or so, try to get served drinks in pubs. We have a massive problem here of young people drinking, getting drunk, and getting into, and causing problems. I believe the age to drink legally here should be raised to 21. It won't happen of course.
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Old 12-06-2013, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Does the US have less drinking and driving than other countries with a 18 year age limit? Just curious?
I can't find any country to country comparison of drunk driving deaths/accidents. We don't lead the world in traffic fatalities (China leads that far and away).

I can only say that here in Wisconsin it's still a huge problem and lowering the legal age to 18 would only exacerbate it.
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Does the US have less drinking and driving than other countries with a 18 year age limit? Just curious?
Less teen drinking, yes! I have posted stats on this many times.
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I was legally consuming vast quantities of bad beer when I was 18 in New York State in the 1960's. The propensity to drink has more to do with nurture than nature and the drinking age has little to do with it.
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:02 AM
 
Location: 60630
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Less teen drinking, yes! I have posted stats on this many times.
Yes, more teen drinking maybe but how about drinking and driving? Is it more common in countries where you have to be 18 to drink?

Also, again, when should you be considered an adult? Clearly not at 18 years old. But yet you can vote and join the military and go to war when you are 18. You can drive a car when you are younger than that. But you can't drink a beer? Why not just have one age that is considered actual adult. Adult = old enough to make his or her own decisions.

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Old 12-06-2013, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Somewhere Out West
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Um shouldn't those of you who have an anti-government bent actually be saying the government has no role in determining a legal drinking age? It is interference after all.
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:54 AM
 
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It should be left up to the individual states to decide, just as all matters not pertaining to national defense should be.
It is up to states to decide. Personally I think it should stay at 21 w/exceptions and underage drinking not be a criminal issue that creates a criminal record.
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:01 AM
 
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Does the US have less drinking and driving than other countries with a 18 year age limit? Just curious?
I don't think the comparison could be made easily, with US teens driving far more (and earlier) than teens in other Western countries. Most European countries have a driving age of 18 and considerably more relaxed drinking ages than the US.

Personally, I think the US law overreaches a bit, particularly as regards teens having a drink with parental supervision. I had wine with meals from age 12 or so. When I and my contemporaries got to the point where we'd drink to mild intoxication (probably around 16), there'd always be a sober adult within hailing distance, to keep a lid on things.

Drunk driving was always considered a classless, stupid, irresponsible thing to do. Serious stigma attached, even if you just witnessed it without stopping it.

(Awesome username/thread combo, btw.)

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Old 12-06-2013, 11:16 AM
 
Location: 60630
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(Awesome username/thread combo, btw.)

Lol, yes I know!

I also was also raised to recognize that only losers drank and drove and my friends never did anything like it. To us it was only alcoholics who did such things so it was defiantly an uncool thing to do.
Im from Sweden.
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