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What is the legal drinking age where you live? Do you think it should be higher, lower, or remain the same, and why?

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  • Where I live, the legal drinking age is 19. And it's pretty good. Kids graduate high school at 18, and this gets them out of high school without causing too many problems that can come with being the legal drinking age. This doesn't mean high school kids don't drink. They do, they did, and they will. 

    The biggest city within driving distance from my city is 6 hours, which takes you out of province, and into the province where the legal drinking age is 18. So of course, high school seniors take that trip for their 18th birthday. 

    I think 19 is a pretty good age. And I think 21 is too high. By the time kids are 21, they are almost out of college and they still cannot drink legally? That just isn't safe. You hear stories about American students, be high school seniors, or college kids on Mexican trips drinking, and getting in trouble. I feel like that is because at their age, they do not know how to handle drinking alcohol legally, so they go all out. 

    If they could learn to drink legally at home, where they know their surroundings, and are surrounded by family and are more safe, then when they do go on those trips, they know their limit. What they can handle, when they know they have had too much, and how to safely get home. By 19, a lot of teens have already drank legally at 18, and with their family. Also, drinking at 17 isn't as frowned upon, considering that 6 hours over, you are only a year under the legal age.  Drinking at 17 in the United States, puts you at 4 years under, which is the same as being 14/15. Way to young to be drinking.

    But now I am babbling and repeating myself.  

    Keep it at 18/19 here in Canada, and lower it in the states. But perhaps gradually. 

  • Where I live, the legal drinking age is twenty-one, and I think it's perfectly fine where it is because when you're eighteen, you're still a teen and your emotions are going haywire, still, and at twenty-one, you're more mature and can make better choices than you could at eighteen.

  • In Belgium it is 16 for light alcoholic beverages, like beer, and 18 for hard liquor.
    That seems about right.
    Not much alcoholism around and most of the young people seem to drink responsible.
  • 21. It should remain the same. But it PISSES ME OFF how teens drink and crap (and adults) and then go out driving. They kill INNOCENT PEOPLE ON THE FUCKING ROAD YET THEY DON'T DIE? That pisses me off to no end. The damn drunks should die, not the innocent people on the road.
  • The drinking age where I live is 21, but so many of my peers are downing liquor that it's ridiculous and you'd never know what the drinking age is. The drinking age could remain where it is, but there really needs to be stricter rules regarding underage drinking. Even at my school (we're supposed to be a dry campus), they weren't really strict, especially when my suitemate was caught with alcohol during inspection and they let her keep it! But anyway that's besides the point. The drinking age could stay where it is as long as people are responsible and if not, they should be able to accept the consequences.
  • In Denmark the legal drinking age is 16. I think it should remain the same. I am 15 and that means I ca buy alcohol next year!! Wuhuu.. We party alot in our class and the parties ain't all that fun without the booze. My friends and I can control it. And when one of us get a little to much to drink, we help them get some water and sit down. And if it is really bad we call after their parents. You have to be 18 to buy it in many of the clubs, bars etc. and I think that is fine.

  • 21  yoa

    Leave it alone.

    We are already giving sub-adults too many adult privileges without expecting them to accept the responsibilities of being an adult. 

    Are they college students or college *kids*?  If they are kids, they should not have adult privileges.  If they are students (young adults), stop makes excuse for them.  “Oh, they just kids”.

    But then, I would be backing up the age of responsibility while leaving the “legal age” alone, creating a true “sub-adult” class.  Old enough to start acting like an adult and taking responsibility for your actions, but not quite ready to start telling others what / how to do.

    (Hmm, seems I recall in the days of my great-grand parents, you weren’t legal till 21 but could be judged as if an adult at 15/16 .. .. .. )


  • THE LEGAL DRINKING AGE IN MY STATE IS 21. I THINK IT SHUD STAY THE SAME, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DRINKING UNDERAGE ARE NOT QUITE GROWN YET AND NEED TO MATURE BEFORE THEY NEED TO BE DRINKING. THEY NEED TO GROW UP BEFORE THEY DO ANYTHING.

  • The legal drinking age is 21 where I live. I think it should remain the same because if it were moved up or down, it would create a lot of conflict and probably result in rebellion against the law thus more drinking going on.
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