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.