Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Drinking Age - 18 vs 21

I have lived in the UK all my life and complain every now and again about various problems with the country, but as far as the laws are concerned I don't see that many problems, specifically for this article the drinking age being 18. 18 is when you're classed as an adult you can legally sign a contract, get a loan, a morgage and vote. So I think that you should be able to purchase alcohol to 'have a good time' etc, and I'm sure most people reading this will agree with me, and also like me most people drank alcohol before the age of 18. 

It's just what teenagers do they go to a friends, have a drink and have a laugh for the night even before the age of 18.

However in the US the drinking age is 21, I personally think this is a joke - I am 19 just now and I was capable of making the decision to drink when I was 16, and able to be sensible with it and not over-do it. Of course from time to time we all over do it but we regret it the day after this shouldn't be an argument for the drinking age to be 21. 
I'm sure just like in the UK, US teens also drink alcohol before the joke of a 'legal drinking age' there but it's just like a huge 'buzz kill' while UK students enjoy university life with an attitude of 'work hard party hard' the US college students are not able to 'legally' have this attitude, besides... what 18 year old would want to 'party hard' with fizzy drinks and cake? It's not really the ideal party at that age, loud music and drinking makes a good party. 
Are students meant to have that party life style after they finish university, when they're meant to be looking for jobs? I don't know it just seems a big mistake to me, what somebody should reverse. Come on Obama do something you'll be a legend for! 

I talk to a few Americans and I have American relatives all of which I've talked to think the drinking age should be lowered, one says:
"I strongly believe the drinking age in America should be lowered to 18 rather than 21. Americans have many more freedoms at 18 than all years before. This includes having the ability to vote, join the army, and purchase cigarettes. How come we can determine the outcome of the world by voting which president the United States will have for the next 4 years, yet not be able to make poor decisions that only harm ourselves when done in excess"

And I think that sums it all up, what are your views on it? Feel free to comment!




 

30 comments:

  1. I'll be pissed if they change this right when I turn 21

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  2. That american laws are still doubting about that, I don't get it! Come to belgium, legal drinking age = 16

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  3. weird, i was talking about this with a friend today... get out of my head! :B

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  4. They wont change it because alcohol does almost as much damage to the body as meth. In fact the only reason they keep it legal is because of its popularity. I would find the drug damage chart but im lazy.

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  6. I think it should be 18 in the U.S
    I hate being a minor when I am an adult

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  9. 21 is far too high.

    This reminds me of the legal age of having sex and viewing porn being different.

    You can have sex in the UK from 16, but you can't view sex until you're 18.

    How would you know where to put it?

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  10. Im from uk. been drinking since 13-14. that was a good 5 years lol. Its the same in new zealand, drinking age is 21 there. shit must suck.

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  11. I'm all for 21. The US wont do anything to change it, even with Obama's change, and whatnot

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  12. I too think 21 is a bit of a joke. If you can't be responsible by the time you are 18 or 19, maybe you don't deserve to drink at all.

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  14. THIS. Seriously, I've been capable of making my own choices since I was like 15, I'm 18 now, and I still have to wait 3 MORE years before I can drink anything more intense than ginger ale.
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  16. Who cares, if somebody wants to drink, getting alcohol is not a problem even for a 12 year old.

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  17. in my country we could drink at 16yo :-)
    no real problem with

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  18. alcohol actually kills people buts its still legal~~

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  20. Totally agree with you man, the drinking age should be 18, IMO.

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  21. i completely agree with because, how can a country send an 18 year old out to war but not allow them to drink. Also what makes tobacco any safer than alcohol ???

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  23. Personally don't care since I just choose not to drink.

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