When the legal age to join the military is 18, the legal age to consent to sex is 16, the legal age to buy pornography and lottery is 18, and the legal age to be held responsible for a signed contract (credit card/house purchase) is 18.
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It's no secret that alcohol can interfere with appropriate decision making and it also contributes to violence and fatal car accidents. But do you think the law prevents or stops people under 21 from drinking?
Unfortunately it does not, but imagine how much higher the numbers of deaths, injuries, and young alcoholics would be if young adults were to be able to have access to alcohol at the age of 18.
I hate what alcohol does to young people but they do have access to it, almost anytime anywhere and it is not "regulated" because it is not legal. It is hard to keep an eye on the problem when it is done behind backs.
What we don't have are immature 18 year olds buying beer for their friends or any one willing to pay money or favors who are under 18. Imagine your teenager going to a party where a fellow student is providing alcohol with no parental supervision.
Don't get me wrong, I don't advocate underage drinking, it is a shame how many young lives are lost directly or indirectly through alcohol. I'm just posing questions to better understand. Is it helping or is it hurting? There are differnt theories.
@flacoinohio, it's naive to believe that high school students don't have access to alcohol (or illegal drugs). Altho I agree that part of the intent of the restriction is to keep it away from these younger students.
Though I was never a part of either program, we hadd M.A.D.D. posters and S.A.D.D (Students against Drunk Driving) posters hanging around my school. They never talked about it as far as I know so I'm not sure the point if it's never addressed.
When were you in high school? I remember M.A.D.D. being huge. Like I said, they were the major reason President Reagan upped the drinking age from 18 to 21.
I remember seeing posters but we never had assemblies or anything special like that. It did provoke some kind of personal emotions and I knew it was "bad", but there was no real formal education about it (aside from a quick mention in SexEd
I was in high school in 1984 and it was huge. Take care. :)