At the age of 18, any U.S. citizen can cast their vote to elect a candidate of their choice to State or Federal government offices of power and influence and yet they are prohibited from having a cold beer or refreshing mixed drink. In addition, men and women as young as 17, can serve in any branch of the U.S. Military with the possibility of dying in the defense our freedoms, and yet they cannot have a beer until they are 21. Many of these young men and women in the military become NCO’s (non-commissioned officers or petty officers) as young as 19, with the responsibility of assuming leadership roles, and yet they cannot have a beer. The absurdity is absolute!
Do any of you remember a time when there were two drinking ages? At age 18, you could drink beer or wine, but you had to be 21 to drink liquor (19 or 20 in some states). In 1984 our Federal government passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act raising the drinking age to 21. The premise was that raising the drinking age would reduce drunk driving. Although there is statistical data that would suggest that raising the drinking age has reduced drunk driving incidents among persons under 21, there is mounting evidence that underage drinking continues to be a problem in the United States as young men and women under 21 are easily influenced by their peers to participate in activities that involve drinking. Just think of all the high school age parties, college frat parties, and numerous underage hangouts where alcohol plays a role in generating a party like atmosphere. No law will change this behavior and unfortunately, learning to drink in such environments does nothing to promote responsible drinking. I know this because I lived it and I was by no means a responsible drinker.
Ok, so at 18 you have reached the age of majority, you can sign a contract and be tried as an adult, yet you are too young and irresponsible to drink alcohol however, politicians believe you are responsible enough to vote. Really? What life experiences does any 18 year old have that would give them the insight or foresight to determine who the best candidate for an elected position is? With the exception of a few intellectually gifted students, most 18 year old teenagers cannot decide what to do with their lives let alone choose a qualified candidate for office. Hell, many 21 year old adults do not know what to do with their lives and based on past elections, I believe a large majority of voters over 21 might have had one drink too many when they cast their vote.
Do you agree with the current drinking age of 21?
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