What do you think the minimum drinking age in the USA should be?

  • 16 or lower
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  • 21
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  • 22 or higher
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  • When a person becomes a legal adult. 18 yes old. We trust 18 yr olds to fight for our country, vote and make decisions for our country, drive vehicles, and live on their own. Yet we can't trust them to drink. You can be trusted with a gun and give your life in war but you can't drink. It makes no sense and never has.

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    • I agree, having taken arms for my country least you deserve is a drink America's so fucked up

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    • I agree. It was the mothers against drunk drivings psedo science that changed it.

    • Old enough to die , old enough to drink xx

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  • My mom snuck jnto Casinos and Bars when she was Underage because she was in the Military and thought it ridiculous that she could fight and die and was given a fucking fully automatic weapon by the government but the same government decided she wasn't old enough to drink or gamble

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    • Thanks for mho.
      And let me say its truly weird when your mom gives you advice on how to sneak into casinos

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  • Over 6,000 people die a year from drunk driving, many of them teens. So I see no reason to help them leave earth any faster then they are now by lowering the drinking age below 21. You would be surprised by all the teens in alcohol recovery treatment centers along with the adults.

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    • Muslim terrorists kill a lot of people. Let's ban all Muslims.

      (and countries that didn't raise their drinking age actually tend to have lower rates of teenage drunk driving)

      Your answer is the same kind of logic as that.

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    • @Benedek38
      1. That's 9 months after, it's not the same as getting your stomach pumped
      2. I know

    • @WhitePanther88
      Except an abortion is not 9 months after. And why is it relevant? If I told you car accidents kill you with a 9 month delay, would it be better?

  • 21 at very minimum. I would rather the legal drinking age be age 25 because honestly the human brain is not fully developed until about 25. Also, people under are young, reckless, and foolish. If we lowered it to teenage years it could effect their brain and brain development a lot. 25 should be the legal age.

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    • Should people under the age of 25 also be prohibited from voting, driving, and living on their own?

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    • Well guess what "Asker"? You asked a question and then I answered you. DOn't like the answer? tough shit. You knew when asking this that not everybody would agree.

    • @PinkMichae Depends on the country. Some yes they're younger but there's is a more of a cultural thing and at the same time there is still caution when drinking. It's not like one day the person turns 16 and their parents are like "hey kid go and get so jacked up that your liver will explode. We can use the remains and play jump-rope with it". It also depends on the country. In my parent's countries a lot of kids are alcoholics in their older teen years and I know from experience. Of course, some countries don't have as much problems as others so it depends. In the states however, it's a different story. Besides, I hope that you realize drinking isn't some harmless thing. I am an American and am proud to be one.

  • I've been on the fence about it but ultimately, I believe it should be 18+. My justification for that is, I have known many people who signed up to join the armed forces when they turned 18 and it doesn't make sense to me that someone can serve their country and risk their life but yet can't legally drink a beer. That just seems...messed up to me.

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  • It needs to be 21 and no compromises. At 18 people STILL behave like there are no consequences, and it makes them unappealing and immature. What they need to do is increase the penalties if caught, and anybody who hides it will get a tougher punishment. Especially, if they're the legal adult. I don't drink, I'm not attracted to people, sexually or platonically to people who do irresponsibly mostly. But I can't tell others what to do. However, if they know the law, then they can't get upset when the gov wants to up the ante. It's because the laws are far too lax is why people still DUI, and commit petty and hefty crimes, and often get others killed. They tell you to drink responsibly, and they don't. But people want to complain and whine.

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    • That's completely unfair to young adults aged 18-20. They're adults and citizens, and deserve to be treated equally.

      You remind me of a segregationist Southerner from the 1950s. Just replace 18-year-olds with "uppity Negroes", and you'll see what I mean.

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    • I think you're either mentally ill, an extremist, or a troll. I can't tell which.

    • Whatever, Asker. Whatever. You sound more mentally ill than you think I am. I have no time for your foolishness. Adios. That's how insane you sound. Your going to turn this world into a broken one your gonna wish you never started. Can't wait to get out of this crazy place. To get away from psychos like you. Unlike you, I want to live.

  • Here it's 18 but it should be higher. No bigger pain in the ass than drunk teenagers. 😩 I'd put 25.

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    • So you'd be happy with treating young adults as second-class citizens in order to not have to deal with minor annoyances?

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    • Hahah even some adults aren't adults.

    • If you asked about legal age to vote... I'd say 16. Legal age to drive 16. But legal age to drink... 25 :)

  • 18. You're a legal adult at that age, so you should be allowed to make your own decisions. If you're allowed to buy tobacco and cigarettes at 18, why not alcohol? I'm not saying it's good for you, I know how bad it is, but at that point, you can't really control someone anymore.

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  • It's 16 in my country and that works just fine 😊 actually that makes people drink more responsibly and so they don't drink until they pass out when they're 21 like you guys do.

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    • Thats probably true, and there's likely less sneaking around at parties and such.

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    • @WhitePanther88 exactly. And you do the exact same thing when it comes to sex and contraceptives. But that's a whole different discussion 😅

    • Well contraceptives is a problem with sex education but our age of consent laws are very mixed and vary state to state often also being sexist.

  • I don't think there should be a minimum age as long as you are not serving alcohol to children. I think ever person matures differently. But, if you can vote, and get killed for your country at 18. You should be able to legally drink too. However there are some that could be responsible with a drink every now and then at 16 and others who could not at 25. So, age is hard to declare. I would say 18.

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  • If 18 year olds are allowed to put their lives at risk by joining the army then we should be allowed to have a drink

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    • No way. I live on army post, all the bars let the soldiers drink even when there under 21. They just can't buy from it stores. there's so much drunk driving and most soldiers are alcoholics. Just cuz someone risk there lifes dont mean they should be a drunk while doing it

    • @Apple1996 Countries with lower drinking ages tend to have fewer alcoholics and a more healthy relationship with alcohol.

    • Yeah probably it's no big deal

  • When the prefrontal cortex is fully formed. 24 for women and 25 for men.

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    • 1. Sexist
      2. Should that also be the requirement for voting, driving, and moving away from your parents?

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    • How is that sexist? Women mature faster than men. Also I’m not totally serious.

    • Women DO mature faster than men. And men are by and large way stronger than women, have a greater talent to logic and math based skills, and better hand-eye coordination. Does this mean women should be banned from military roles, and should. be discriminated against in jobs that are better suited for men in average than women in average?

  • 21-it's not healthy and young people's brains aren't developed enough to maturely approach it.

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    • Oh, come on.

      18 year olds have been treated as adults for millennia, and have turned out fine.

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    • How come?

    • 18 year olds are just too immature and alcohol isn't 100% safe + it can lead to addiction and alcoholism.

  • 18 is when you are considered to be an “adult” in society’s eyes. 20 is too late and 16 and under is too young (even though they find a way to do it any way.) sometimes adults want to go to a bar that isn’t going to be surrounded by “young kids”
    With younger adults comes with issues (bar fights) because they get a tad cocky.

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  • meh. I think 21 is fine. It's just 21, once you hit 21 you can legally drink as much as you want. I don't see the urgent need or rush to be able to drink so quickly. When I was 18, I didn't care about drinking and once I hit 21 I was like okay cool I drink now.. still didn't care that much about drinking.

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  • In the UK its 18. Just funny how in Scotland you can get married, but can't drink at 16😂 In England it's 18 for both.

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  • I feel that if you can fight for our country at 18 years old, you should be able to have a drink at 18 years old.

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  • 14-15. ( with parents or supervisor around,)

    Because if we teach them young and make it not taboo or not a big deal. Maybe they will see alcohol as not a big deal and learn that getting smashed is just stupid.

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  • I put 19, because it's more likely for 18 year olds to be in high school still.

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    • Why not let high school seniors have some fun?

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    • But will they really only drink on the weekend?

    • Yes, a committed student would. I knew a lot of people in high school who drank (underage) on the weekends at parties but did well in school and busted their ass during the week.

  • If you can fight for your Country you should be able to drink a beer

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  • It should be 18. If I can serve in armed forces I should be able to drink legally

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  • Alcohol can be more dangerous than drugs, no age is gonna change how dangerous it acutally is to the body.

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  • If you can get drafted to the military at 18... You best be able to drink... the age stops almost no one 18 max

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  • It's 19 where I am and 18 in other parts of Canada. I never understood why the drinking age in the US is so damn high. It's not stopping anyone from drinking underage.

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    • Because US kids are entitled and not taught properly by parents and society how to handle pressures. Kids drink until they get drunk for fun or escapism and put others in danger. Canada and Europe know how to properly teach their children about alcohol and a lot more about life in general. Kids are more mature abroad than in America. :)

  • My country has 18 as its age for drinking. Responsibility should be emphasised at early ages as well.

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  • Youngsters are just the biggest risk on the road after a drinking party. If they could just avoid driving after drinking I would revise my judgment. I don't go saying that at age 21, people are better drivers when drunk than at age 16.
    It just saddens me so much to read how many accidents with fatal outcome are happening with young drivers. I think of their families, the hardships they must go through. No parent should have to lose a child because of alcohol. Actually, no parent should ever have to go through the distress to lose a child - ever -

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  • Here in the UK its 18. I think once your old enough to work and pay taxes and be legally liable... then your old enough to drink

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  • 16 in Belgium when less than 15% alcohol and 18 when more than 15% alcohol in the drinks.

    But I think that it must be forbidden for anyone under 18 years.

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  • I don’t care, I’ll never have a sip of alcohol regardless of when I legally could

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  • If you can smoke I think you should be able to drink, so 18.

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  • If 18 is old enough to protect our country then I think they deserve a swig lol

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  • How is fighting for our country synonymous with drinking? An 18 year old still has the mind of an 18 year old IRRESPONSIBLE.

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    • Lol you have no brain , if an 18 year old is willing to die for you why should he not be allowed a drink, redneck inbred

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    • I meant war

    • @stuie74 and you. You look exactly like a “redneck inbred”

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  • It shouldn't have anything to do with age. If an individual is financially dependent on their parents, the legal drinking age is whatever their parents say it is. If an individual is not financially dependent on their parents, they can legally drink regardless of age.

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    • Why do you support subjugating young adults as vassals to their parents?

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    • 18 year olds can judge their own best interest. My parents don't have a clue what's right for me.

    • I agree. However, if the general consensus is that you can't, your parents probably have a better clue of what's right for you than the government does at the very least. I don't think anyone should be making personal decisions on your behalf, but if someone HAD to, wouldn't you rather it be your parents than some politician off in Washington D. C?

  • 21 or higher. the evidence supports that the increase in drinking age led to fewer alcohol od's, dui's, fatalities, etc.

    i am a fan of the drinking culture in other parts of the world where the drinking age is 18, younger, non-existent or not enforced but in america our culture has to determine our laws. and unfortunately our drinking and consumption culture is very different than many other parts of the world

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    • "They who can give up essential Liberty to obtain a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Benjamin Franklin

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    • But it's unfair to treat 18-20 year old adults like overgrown children. If you're old enough to join the military and vote, you're old enough to drink a beer.

    • based on rates of fatalities that isn't true. you are basing it on anecdotal ideas. perhaps people shouldn't be in the military at 18 but it's a false equivalency to draw comparisons to military service and drinking.

  • 21 for the general population and 18 if you are serving in any branch of the military.
    Most 21yo have some level of responsibility. Any younger than that you would need to judge everybody individually.

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    • Most 18-year-olds are responsible.

    • I thought so too, when I was 18-24. At 45, I stick with some 18yo are responsible. Most, I think, is a stretch. I had a full time job and a mortgage at 19. Did that make me responsible? Responsible for what? Feeding the fish, paying the bills, mowing the lawn? My wife had a full time job. She would be fine. Success or failure at that point affected nobody else but me. Have a family or become a boss where your actions directly affect those around you. It’s a difference that only time and age can reveal. I’m not saying everybody or nobody. Just most. Everybody is different.

  • I think it should be lowered. Teenagers I believe should be permitted beer and wine in controlled environments with harder liquor reserved for those 18 or older. I know that is radical, but underage drinking laws are a relatively new thing and in many modern countries the drinking age is 16.

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  • Alcohol is a toxin. I'd rather NO one drink it. But the idea of a "legal age" for poisoning yourself springs from the idea that we must protect children from bad choices. We know from experience that we can't ban it successfully; we tried. It was a solution that caused more problems than it created.

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  • it's funny, cause in germany you can drink beer at 16 but only drive a car at 18.

    there you can drive a car at 16, you can sign your life away (and join the military) at 18 but can only drink beer at 21

    that is logically inconsistent to me, cause to me driving a car takes much much more responsibility than drinking a beer.

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  • Well, umm... It's 18 years old for us so I reckon that since over here, if you are 18 you are officially called an adult, so maybe 18 years of age there too?

    But guns I think you should be 20+ to buy :/

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  • Don't get me wrong I like drinking and do it a lot but 18 is just too young - You make silly decisions and over consumption of alcohol is one , you are getting drunk, coming to terms with your sexual desires, drink driving etc - Get all that out of the way sober and start drinking as mature adults at 21 - I started drinking at 14 and wish I started a lot later

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  • Probably 16, I think drinking, smoking, sex, marraige driving and anything else should all have the exact same legal age.

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  • You're legally an adult at 18 so that seems like the most appropriate age. People will drink underage regardless of if it stays at 21 or if it were to be moved to 18. That said you shouldn’t be able to be drafted for war and not be allowed to have a beer. That’s just madness.

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  • 18 because if you can go to war and die at 18 you should be able to drink and gamble in a casino too.

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  • Old enough to vote, fight and die for your country then you should be able to get a damn drink if you want.

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  • The legal drinking age when I was growing up in NYC was 18 but when left for college to Houston Texas the legal drinking age was 21 so I had to wait a year before I could legally drink down there even though I had been able to legally drink for two and half years before going to Texas

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  • Considering the brain is only fully developped after 21, it would seem logical to not permit alcohol, a substance known to damage organs and the brain, to people under that age.

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  • i live in the netherlands and we used to have the age at 16 back in 2014 they changed it to 18, i can still go to my neighboring countries to get my drinking needs so it's not something that matters even if they changed it i can still order it online without an ID check or ask one of my friends to get me some, drinking should just be done within healthy limits.

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  • It's not so much a responsibility thing as it is a biological thing. The human brain reaches maturity around the age of 21, drinking heavily (such as blacking out) before then can lead to improper development. Do not forget, alcohol is technically a toxin and affects your whole body.

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  • It's 18 over here, and it seems to work OK.

    We have more of a cultural thing against drink driving, though. I've rarely met anybody American over 21, who seems really in favour of lowering it, though.

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  • i think everyone should be tested for the alcoholic gene. if they come up positive for alcoholism then they should be told they are deathly allergic. it would be at least a start in the right direction.

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  • Where as I don't necessarily want to see an 18 year old at the bar, if they can fight and die for the country they should be able to have a shot before they get shot.

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  • Although you are considered an adult at the age of 18, I don't think we are quite mature enough to be drinking especially in public. Besides hindering what lessons a person learns transitioning from a teenager to an adult, addiction could start sooner and run rampant in many communities

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  • It's the same age where almost everything else becomes legal.

    That said, punishments for abuse (like DUI) should be more severe.

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  • Old enough because we need that, but young enough that you're still with your parents so you can learn to drink properly and not be a dumbass when you get to freshmen year in college.

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  • 18 makes sense to me. It's 16 in Germany, by the way.

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  • An adult should be able to do what they want to do to themselves, decide what age you think is an adult and stick with it.

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  • Not like the age requirement stops them from drinking anyway.

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  • The age restriction is at 21 because that is the age when human brain stops developing. As you may or may not know alcohol does harm to it. This way all y'all are in a way "protected" from making yourself dumber.

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  • 18 everywhere else in the world. But I would be fine with 21 too, it's not as if the law is actually stopping you from getting booze. Lol

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  • It should be 25. Younger than that and you're more prone to make bad decisions. Not that 25 is a magical number where you don't make those bad decisions. But, I feel like it'd reduce the amount of poor decisions substantially.

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  • Nice poll, but the drinking age of 21 never stopped me. I was sauteing my liver WAY before 21.

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  • I say 18 because if we can choose to smoke or not we should be able to drink

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