Okay so for the record, I don't drink at all. I may drink a little wine, but I hate the taste of beer and would rather not drink it. So this isn't a question coming from a pissy 18 y/o who just wants to legally drink ASAP. I'm just curious as to why the hell the drinking age is 21. I mean, we already have teenagers drinking at around 16, and you can smoke at 18, so why can't you drink at, say, 19? I guess its because the law expects a 21 y/o to be mentally smart enough to not get drunk and do stupid shit but that's a load of shit if thats the legit reason. Also, if you can join the military, carry a gun, and are expected to be able to blow a mfs head off with no problem at 18, why the hell can't you drink at that age as well? I'm not saying, "lets wipe the whole thing." cause then we'll have 14 y/os trying to drink, and I know some guys who are fine with that, but I'm saying, lets at least allow those who've graduated high school the ability to buy it and drink it, cause we all have the one idiot who'll come to school drunk and that's just annoying right there.
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This is a bedmate that has gone on for some time. The old reasoning for 18 was "old enough to go war, you should be old enough to drink." And I get that. But honestly I think it'd be more practical to heighten the minimum age for military service than drinking age. Sometimes I think of 18 year old kids, and how they could be out blowing heads off and having their own heads blown off somewhere on the other side of the world, and that just blows my mind. To me, that's just too young, especially making the initial decision to even join the armed forces. That seems like more of a 21 year old decision to me. It's easy to whip up patriotism and nationalism in some kid barely out of high school. That's such a dangerous age for decision making. You're so stoked to be an adult, you think you have the world all figured out, but you're blind to the fact that you still don't know your ass from your elbow.
So that said, back to drinking. I think the "showing up drunk to school" point you made has always been a factor. It's like when you turn 18 and can legally sign yourself out of school... some people just go haywire with it. I think with alcohol you're also trying to limit minors' access to it, and you have to consider that an 18 year old still probably has friends who are 17, 16, maybe 15, and now THOSE kids can easily obtain it. A 21 year old likely doesn't hang out with people under 18, so in a way, the access is somewhat the same for an 18 year old, yet it's indirect. I think they're accounting for something of a buffer zone in that regard. 18-20 is really like adulthood with training wheels, haha, so maybe it's smart to at least TRY to limit access, because some people can't manage newfound freedom right away.0