Why not lower the legal drinking age to 18?by Carolyn Classen on Mar. 12, 2010, under Health, Life, Politics
Seems to me that if a young man or woman can serve in the military (starting at age 18), and give their life for this country, then he or she should be allowed to drink alcohol (if they choose to) at the same age.
Reaching adulthood means that you can legally sign a contract at age 18, buy cigarettes from a store, vote for favorite candidates in the primary and general elections, serve on a jury and decide the fate of a fellow citizen.
18 year olds can also sign marriage contracts and get married without parental consent, if they choose. And drive a car or motorcycle usually before age 18. And at 18 you can sign that informed consent form for medical procedures, and assume the risk of surgeries.
While visiting Australia and New Zealand a few years ago, my then 18 year old son was allowed to drink alcohol. Most European, South American, and African countries allow young people to drink alcohol before or at age 18. See wikipedia link, click here. As for our closest neighbors, Canada sets their legal drinking age at 18 or 19 depending on the Province, and Mexico is at 18.
So why not allow our 18, 19, and 20 year old young adults to drink alcohol as well? I am advocating the CHOICE of being able to drink alcohol, which can be done in moderation in the privacy of one’s home, or not at all– if you choose not to drink for religious or health reasons. And I don’t think anyone should drink over the legal limit & drive a motor vehicle.
It would certainly eliminate the sneaking around and binge drinking that American college students go through to drink alcohol for 3 years before they turn 21.
Let me know what you think, readers.