Saying "I'm an adult, so I should be able to" is exactly what a truly mature person wouldn't utter. It's something said by childlish people, regardless of age, who think that just because they reached a certian age, they also hold the maturity associated with it and are previliged to respect and responsibility. I do not trust him to make an adult, informed decision about what he should or should not be able to do. I only see "I WANT IT. I DESERVE IT. GIVE IT TO ME"
Besides, an 18 year old can be as irresponsible with alcohol as a 14yo. Or a 40yo. Otherwise, drunks wouldn't be such a problem, because everyone would use it in moderation.
Anyway, the legal age has nothing to do with when you start drinking. I started getting drunk about 14-15, as did most of my peers. Yes, at parties. Because that's where it's SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE to get drunk. Being drunk anywhere else is frowned upon (or outright illegal) in most other places/situations, whether you're of drinking age or not.
And I did that AFTER I was 18 as well. The novelty worn off pretty quickly, because the only difference was that aqcuireing the alcohol was slightly easier. I didn't get that SPORADICAL embarrasement of being caught as underage. Well, I could also sit around a beer with friends at a pub. But it just grew a habit, not a neccesity, we all could have full well got a juice or someshit. Some did anyway.
So as much as I find the 21 drinking age ridiculous, all I see here is still "I WANNA ALCOHOL BECAUSE I CAN'T BE ONE OF THE COOL KIDS". If you CAN'T get alcohol before being legally able to, TOO BAD. You obviously fail at life.
There are plenty of materials out there to help people learn to drink responsibly, parents can teach their children without the drinking age being lowered...
What age do people typically start drinking in America, anyway?
I've been drinking legally since I was 18, I am now 19 turning 20...
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I haven't got any statistics or nothin' (what, I look like some ack-a-demmik to you?), but who's to say that the age where kids can buy it for younger kids dropping won't, y'know, drop the age where kids actually start drinking?
And hell, some parents don't really mind their 18+ year olds going to a party, they'll buy 'em a few drinks and whatnot. Some parents will let their kids host parties and be vaguely around to make sure nothing goes horribly, horribly wrong, because their kids aren't total dickweeds. If you're hanging out with the wrong crowd, that's your beef not the US governments.
edit: Oh and this
I didn't expect this to get this many replies lol. I just posted this as more of a non serious rant and nearly 200 posts later here we are. Didn't really realize this was that much of a hot button issue for some reason. Anyway I am saying this because I will not be on this forum for around 5 days, with work school and exercising, and also because I kind of expect this thread to be dead by then. Anyway I like intelligent arguments so this has been relatively interesting for me. Anyway whoever still wants to continue with this is welcome. O' and I couldn't help but be thinking of this the entire time I came back to this thread:
Thanks for playing.
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