Repealing the Drinking Age?

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We're the only 1st world country with a 21 drinking age. It is the only thing with a legal age attached to it that doesn't attach at adulthood, outside of running for President. It's nothing more than a holdover from prohibition, combined with this country's insistence on legislating morality/protecting people from themselves.

You can die for your country, but you can't drink a beer.

Repeat that, and think about it.
 

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We're the only 1st world country with a 21 drinking age. It is the only thing with a legal age attached to it that doesn't attach at adulthood, outside of running for President. It's nothing more than a holdover from prohibition, combined with this country's insistence on legislating morality/protecting people from themselves.

You can die for your country, but you can't drink a beer.

Repeat that, and think about it.
We do a lot of silly things that no other countries do.
 

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We're the only 1st world country with a 21 drinking age. It is the only thing with a legal age attached to it that doesn't attach at adulthood, outside of running for President. It's nothing more than a holdover from prohibition, combined with this country's insistence on legislating morality/protecting people from themselves.

You can die for your country, but you can't drink a beer.

Repeat that, and think about it.
Don't you have to be 21 to gamble? Or is it 18?
 

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Related: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkai...lization-drug-abuse-down-by-half-in-portugal/

"Ten years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. One decade after this unprecedented experiment, drug abuse is down by half:
Health experts in Portugal said Friday that Portugal’s decision 10 years ago to decriminalise drug use and treat addicts rather than punishing them is an experiment that has worked.
“There is no doubt that the phenomenon of addiction is in decline in Portugal,” said Joao Goulao, President of the Institute of Drugs and Drugs Addiction, a press conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the law.
The number of addicts considered “problematic” — those who repeatedly use “hard” drugs and intravenous users — had fallen by half since the early 1990s, when the figure was estimated at around 100,000 people, Goulao said.
Other factors had also played their part however, Goulao, a medical doctor added.
“This development can not only be attributed to decriminalisation but to a confluence of treatment and risk reduction policies.”"

 

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Unfortunately this (total repeal of a drinking age) will probably never happen because no one wants to have their name and political career tied to the mess that will happen during the adjustment of our society to this. The drinking age has led to ridiculous "coming of age" madness surrounding drinking. Instead of people growing up around alcohol and drinking in moderation we have a society that keeps it from everyone until right about the time they are leaving home and exerting their independence; what a horrible combination. Instead of drinking being no big deal it is tied in our society to exerting independence and coming of age. There will be a horrible adjustment for our society to finally get into a healthy relationship with alcohol.
 

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go to Colorado you drink smoke dope and ruin your life
Haha, what?

I say they make the legal age 29 so I can go back to using the "Hey, I can buy you beer" line on girls in which their age doesn't make it as creepy.
 

Rabbuk

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19 is just as arbitrary, make it 18. You're an adult you can drink.