If I'm legal in my country already and I show my id to prove that I'm not American could I buy alcohol? I'm going there for uni next month and I need to know.
Ps. I think it's ridiculous that you can put your life on the line there and still can't buy alcohol but anyway. Why?
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The reason the drinking age is 21 in the U. S. is because of the temperance movement by Protestant Christians in the Bible Belt, who believe alcohol is evil and (get this) drink GRAPE JUICE instead of wine during church services because they still think it's evil. Even though Jesus drank alcohol but whatever. This mentality led to prohibition in the 20th century but it did NOT blow over well so they settled with raising the drinking age from 18 to 21. This was combined with the fact that insurance companies figured that less teens drunk driving = less accidents and casualties = less money they have to pay, so the insurance companies fully supported this raise.
Should it be lowered back down? Yes. However I don't think 18 is appropriate, Canada has it right with 19. An 18 y/o in high school is might not be mature enough to drink, but there's a better chance a 19 y/o in college will. Either way, the whole US needs to change their attitudes towards alcohol. It is NOT evil, and you do NOT binge drink or drink to get drunk. You are an idiot if you do, alcohol is a poison chemically so you're harming your body and possibly harming others when you're drunk. You're also going to look like the idiot you are. Being able to down the most shots before you black out is the dumbest competition ever. You don't see Europeans doing this kind of bullshit. We need to teach kids and teens that alcohol is meant to be enjoyed in moderation and is meant for merry. Wine should be what is enjoyed most, not Vodka. If we can successfully teach kids and teens how to drink properly then we won't have to worry about partying.0