Would you change any of them?
I'd like all of them to be the same, but have higher consequences for DUI's with a lower limit on the BAC.
I meant the same as in all 18 or all 21. Doh!!!
Last edited by wlillie; 03-24-2011 at 02:09 PM.
I would agree. If you are old enough to fight and die for our country, then you should be old enough to drink. But at the same time there should be higher concequences for DWI/DUI and the sort.
While I agree with you in a sense, I have a hard time with the drinking age being 18 for ALL teenagers, just because a lot of them are still in high school where some of their friends are younger. My son was 18 his whole Senior year. I would be ok with 18 year olds with a military ID being allowed to drink though. Don't you usually you have to be a high school graduate or have a GED to join the military?
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Typically. Some people come in earlier with their legal guardian's signature, waivers, and other crap. Usually those recruits are the ones being offered jail or military though, so probably *NOT* the ones we'd want drinking early.
I was super close to enlisting in the military in high school, they had me taking all of their tests before I was 18 though. So I don't think you can actually enlist prior to 18. but my husband, he was in the Marines, he left the week he graduated, so all of his pre-enlistment stuff was done well before he graduated.
Anyway...I think 18 with a military ID would be ok. There are 40 year olds' that are less responsible with alcohol than some people a lot younger. I agree that if we want to say a person is responsible enough at 18 to make a potentially life or death decision like joining the military, they are certainly responsible enough to have a beer.
If drinking was set at 18 with a military ID, what would it be without a military ID (i.e. people who may well be graduated from high school - I was 17 when I graduated - but who aren't in the military?) Still 21, or something closer like 19?
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Oh... I guess I didn't understand your stance until after your clarified, Lillie. While I still agree with drinking and driving needing stricter punishments, I still feel like drinking age should stay at 21.
General question: Yeah, people can enlist at 18. So just because they can enlist and they MIGHT go into war and MIGHT be killed, they should be able to drink?
So should 18 year old fisherman get the same privilege too, since it's considered one of the most dangerous jobs?? (Military didn't make the list at all).
The drinking age here is 19. I am not sure what the enlistment age is. The voting age is either 18 or 19 depending on which province you are in. It is 18 federally. I do wish they were consistant.
I can see 19 being seen as beeter than 18 for the drinking age so that most kids would be out of highschool. But some of us graded at 17 so it sucked to be at University for a year and half before I could legally drink. So for me I would have prefered 18. Especially given that most of us drank anyways, it just wasn't legal. I don't understand why it would need to be 21 though.
I am fully in support of harsh penalties for drinking and driving no matter what age you are.