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kelaaa33wish kelaaa33wish
I have a son who just turned 21 this year, so he is now old enough to drink legally. Now he is also in the military and is deployed right now. What doesn't seem right is that he joined the military right out of high school, he could vote for his country and yet he couldn't go out to order or buy a beer. I am not trying to promote drinking but that just seems messed up that you can fight for your country but cant order a beer. What do you think?
05/11/2011
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El-Jaro El-Jaro
I don't condone underage stupidity, but this is very much a North American issue. Drinking isn't that big in other countries.

When it came to my parents though, my dad told me it was ok to drink with them at home, as long as I was social and didn't drink alone in my room.
05/11/2011
GravyCakes GravyCakes
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Originally posted by kelaaa33wish
I have a son who just turned 21 this year, so he is now old enough to drink legally. Now he is also in the military and is deployed right now. What doesn't seem right is that he joined the military right out of high school, he could vote for his ...
i'm kind of on the fence about it. on the 1 hand, i can see how 18 wouldn't be such a great age since most people are going off to college, or the military, or moving out, or something at that age & drinking could just screw things up if it's not done responsibly. i also feel like you're more mature at 21 than you are at 18 b/c most people have been out on their own for a while at this point & are better adjusted to & better understand what it takes (or is going to take if they still depend on their parents for some things like i do w/ rent) to live on their own. on the other hand, i don't see why they raised the age limit to 21 b/c i feel like it just makes a really big deal out of it when drinking for the 1st time really isn't all that exciting (i'm 22). my mom did once make the jk that the reason why they raised the drinking age was so that all the 18-yr-olds out there wouldn't be drunk when they headed to the polls to vote, lol.
05/11/2011
kelaaa33wish kelaaa33wish
lol on ya mom comment. I agree and I don't support underage drinking at all. I just find it odd that he was able to have weapons and fight for his country but couldn't order a drink.
05/11/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
When the drinking age in the USA was raised to 21 in all states the number of traffic fatalities dropped dramatically. Younger people are more likely to drink and drive, its simply a fact. Younger people also have less experience and take more chances when behind the wheel. Boys between 16 and 21 have the HIGHEST car crash rates the way it is, do they need to be drunk, too? They are also more likely to get into car accidents and take out innocent families and/or themselves.

I don't see the connection between drinking and deciding to join the military. Boys used to be able to join the military at 15, when the drinking age was 18. I don't see the connection. Then again, I don't drink alcohol, so I don't see what the fuss is about. Do we have a "right" to get drunk? I am not sure. We also have an all volunteer armed services, so I still don't see the connection. No one is being forced to join the military. Should one be awarded the "right" to get drunk because one decided to join the military? I don't see the connection. I have kids this age, and I prefer they do NOT drink. They have chosen not to drink so it's not an issue with us.

I think I'm safer and my kids are safer on the streets when teens aren't driving drunk. We're all safer with an older legal drinking age.
05/11/2011
kelaaa33wish kelaaa33wish
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Originally posted by P'Gell
When the drinking age in the USA was raised to 21 in all states the number of traffic fatalities dropped dramatically. Younger people are more likely to drink and drive, its simply a fact. Younger people also have less experience and take more ...
I agree with you, as I said I am not supporting underage drinking by any means. But if they aren't responsible enough to order a drink ......they should be responsible to go to war? Thats the point I trying to make. I didn't say get drunk I said order a beer. There are many "Adults" that are well over the legal age that do not know when to say no.
05/11/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by kelaaa33wish
I agree with you, as I said I am not supporting underage drinking by any means. But if they aren't responsible enough to order a drink ......they should be responsible to go to war? Thats the point I trying to make. I didn't say get drunk I ...
I understand, but I still don't see the connection. What is so amazing about being able to order a beer? I'm over 35, have a house full of kids, a couple of college degrees, own my own home, have a husband and several vehicles and have NEVER ordered a beer. Am I missing something amazing? What does it have to do with being in the military? I'm just not seeing a connection.

Not being able to vote but being drafted, hells yes. There is a connection. That's why the voting age was dropped to 18. But, I still don't see what the big deal about "ordering a beer" is.

Maybe it's just me.

We'll have to agree to disagree.
05/11/2011
kelaaa33wish kelaaa33wish
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Originally posted by P'Gell
I understand, but I still don't see the connection. What is so amazing about being able to order a beer? I'm over 35, have a house full of kids, a couple of college degrees, own my own home, have a husband and several vehicles and have NEVER ...
LOL I'll agree to disagree with ya. Thank you for the comments though.

Also thank you to everyone who posts.
05/11/2011
mandiegk mandiegk
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Originally posted by kelaaa33wish
I agree with you, as I said I am not supporting underage drinking by any means. But if they aren't responsible enough to order a drink ......they should be responsible to go to war? Thats the point I trying to make. I didn't say get drunk I ...
I agree with you about the adults that don't know when to say know. Just the other day I represented a 62 year old man in court for this 13th DUI in 5 years - so not only is he driving drunk, but he is doing it on a suspended license. It's just too bad that we can't do it on a case by case basis.
05/11/2011
MaryExy MaryExy
Eh, if anything I would switch the age with driving age. Kids would learn how much alcohol they can take BEFORE they even start driving. But I'm ok with the fact that drinking age is 21. I agree with you, though, it seems a little odd that someone can be in the army before they can even drink.
05/11/2011
kelaaa33wish kelaaa33wish
Yeah driving age should be raised, I've went through it with the 2 boys and my youngest is 12 and he already cant wait till he is 15, I guess at 15 you can get your permit here .I'm dreading it already lol.
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