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Not sure this petition will do any good. According to some poll last year a large majority of americans are opposed to reducing the drinking age.
http://www.petitiononline.com/AD793/petition.html

Personally I think drinking age limits are bullshit, let adults and kids be responsible for their own actions. But at least stop insulting young adults by prohibiting them from enjoying an alcoholic drink.

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coffeechica
Feb. 3rd, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
Psst: your Irish roots are showing. :-)

It's easier to have a younger drinking age when you're in a country that views alcohol as no big deal. There's a national cultural perception here that one needs to get trashed in order to enjoy alcohol, and that drunk people are funnier than sober people. Kids in America will drink to excess because they think it'll make them cooler or funnier, and then drive their cars into walls (or worse, people) because they lack the judgement to know when they're trashed.

Change the national perception to "Alcohol is fun to drink if you control it and it doesn't control you" and I'll be comfortable with letting 18-year-olds drink. I doubt an online petition would do much for changing a national perception...
henrylyne
Feb. 3rd, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
I don't believe that people are much more mature at 21, than they are 18. But I do think that if you are legally an adult(and can be drafted, tried and elect leaders as an adult), then you should have the right to drink.

Drinking alcohol is a big deal, mostly because there are laws making it a big deal. Make the laws more reasonable, and drinking won't be such a big deal. In some european countries, like france and germany, kids are allowed drink at 16 years of age and usually do so with their parents knowledge. I think many of those kids learn how to deal with alcohol and drink somewhat responsibly at a young age.

Yes, drinking and driving is a huge problem that is really prominent in the US. The country is built on the ability of people to drive everywhere. I see people over 21 driving after drinking pretty often, so I don't think it is fair to point the finger at 18, 19 and 20 year olds who do the same things as older adults.

Have tougher DUI laws and revoke licenses from young adult offenders. Years of tough police enforcement in ireland has forced people there to be more responsible about drinking and driving.

Can't deny my roots and can't understand the "land of the free" sometimes.
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