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11-27-2006 05:22 AM  11 years agoPost 1
TonyTypeS

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I have a short essay to write on drinking (1200 words). I'm writting about lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18.

Can anyone help me out. Whats the good and bad on lowering the drinking age. I'm halfway done but I would like to have some more opinions from different views. If you guys have any hard facts on why or why it shouldn't be lowered please share it with me

well im off to bed. Got to head to class early tomorrow to finish up my cadd drawings before the semester is over. wow only 3 more class days left.

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11-27-2006 06:10 AM  11 years agoPost 2
Rogue123

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I think you can find all your info here.

http://www.madd.org/home/

This is government Back, good luck with your essay.

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11-27-2006 01:19 PM  11 years agoPost 3
ez2bgman

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Hey Tony,

Give me a call. I am sure that I can assist you with your essay.

Later.

Gary
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11-27-2006 06:06 PM  11 years agoPost 4
Shawn Pierce

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Tony,

I am glad to here that you are doning cad. It is a great feild to be in. Can get up to $55 to $60 an hour. ask me how i know..........
as for the drinking I quit, been sober for 3 months and counting.
Shawn

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11-27-2006 06:29 PM  11 years agoPost 5
Flyboy50

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People below 21 drink anyway, so why not make it legal?

Seriously, in Europe I don't think there is a drinking age.

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11-27-2006 08:42 PM  11 years agoPost 6
Jim C

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In most of europe if I remember correctly, the age is 18

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11-27-2006 08:58 PM  11 years agoPost 7
Mark C

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In fact, if you dig into the link that Rogue123 posted you would find your way to:

http://www.madd.org/under21/4847

Which explains where the magic number "21" comes from.

Mark C.

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11-27-2006 09:07 PM  11 years agoPost 8
TonyTypeS

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wow that was a good one. Thanks

Hmm but that research was done in the 60's-70's. I wonder what effect it has now?
How come the magic # 21 doesn't apply for smoking.

aw man imma be up all night looking up more info now.

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11-27-2006 09:22 PM  11 years agoPost 9
blockatvalpo

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I say change the laws to drinking at 16 and driving at 18.

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11-27-2006 09:30 PM  11 years agoPost 10
EvoFlight50

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How come the magic # 21 doesn't apply for smoking
because you can go through a whole pack of smokes and still control yourself ... you go through a 12 pack and hop in a car theres a 50-50 chance you're going to kill yourself or someone else

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11-27-2006 09:36 PM  11 years agoPost 11
TonyTypeS

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yes that is true but smoking reduces the years you will live.
a 12 pack is a lot and I hope no one drinks that much. in a short time. Thats where one should learn how to control themself and limit themselves to how many drinks they can take.

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11-27-2006 09:37 PM  11 years agoPost 12
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Drinking is legal at 16 here in Europe.

That means you shoudn't lower the rules for drinking to 18, but to 16.

Over here we don't understand how you can drive a car before you even know the effects of alcohol. IMHO its better to get drunk BEFORE you ever have acces to a car. This way you know what alcohol can do.

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11-27-2006 09:39 PM  11 years agoPost 13
TonyTypeS

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Laurens

Thanks thats a pretty interesting point.

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11-27-2006 09:41 PM  11 years agoPost 14
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yes that is true but smoking reduces the years you will live.
a 12 pack is a lot and I hope no one drinks that much. in a short time. Thats where one should learn how to control themself and limit themselves to how many drinks they can take.
alcohol does to your liver what smoking does to your lungs ... so both are just as bad ...

maybe a good way to adjust the law could be to make it similiar to the tobacco laws .. with cigarettes its illegal to buy them at 18 but theres no law that says you can't smoke them at 16 ...

maybe keep the law that says its illegal to buy alcohol before the age of 21 ... but its legal to drink at the age of 18 ... kids drink at 18 regardless however if you had a law like this it would be more of a supervised drinking i think because people could just hang out at their houses with their parents home and drink ... it just provides a safer element for them to drink rather than drinking in cars or using fake id's to get into bars and driving home

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11-27-2006 09:45 PM  11 years agoPost 15
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Hi,

Here in Belgium you can buy alcohol even before 16. The 16 years old only aplies to bar visits without an adult.

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11-27-2006 09:55 PM  11 years agoPost 16
blockatvalpo

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Belgium is where I had my first drink (I was 13). I'd love to have a Jupiler right now.

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11-27-2006 09:57 PM  11 years agoPost 17
TonyTypeS

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in Vietnam there is no drinking law. A 2 year old can buy alcohol. That doesn't mean that they will abuse it. When I was on vacation over there this past summer and notice that not that many teens drink. They sometimes drink on certain occations like weddings or a big gathering. Even though there are no laws some parents do not allow their child to drink even if they are over 21. I don't think that the governent should pass a law to regulate what young teens can do. It's also up to the parents to teach their kids the effects and danger of it. Setting the drinking age at 21 is kinda like discrmination don't you think? A young adult can vote, smoke and go to war but is not allowed to drink alcohol.

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11-27-2006 10:11 PM  11 years agoPost 18
str8den

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pretty much all 'laws' that are passed seem a load of bollox.

re-write that 100 times; that should get you close to your 1200 word essay!

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11-27-2006 11:54 PM  11 years agoPost 19
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Going to a funeral tomorrow, for two Alabamn-Coushatta Indians. Had head on collision on US 190 East, Thursday. Was beautiful , clear day. Driver, age 28, passenger, age 21, so much for the age deal. Accident took out the two Indians, both sons of my friends at the reservation. Also killed , man and his 10 years old daughter in other vehicle. Mother, life flighted to Beaumont, St. Elizabeth Hospital very critical.
Indians were drunk, and passing, speed, over 100 mph. End of story.

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11-28-2006 12:24 AM  11 years agoPost 20
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The biggest problem I see with the 21 year age limit is the number of deaths among underage university students who die from binge drinking.

It may be illegal, but in a college dorm or fraternity there will be people old enough to buy alcohol, and they will share it with those under 21 too. I would rather teach my 18 year old son to drink at home where he can be monitored, than have his first lesson with a bunch of near juveniles in his fraternity.

In the UK as I was growing up you could drink beer/wine legally in a restaurant (with your parents) from age 15. This meant that by the time you left home to go to university alcohol had lost it's appeal as the "forbidden fruit", so you were much more likely to treat it sensibly. (Note I only say "more likely", it's not guaranteed).

Drunk driving is a problem that also affects people well over the age of 21. In Oregon, we seem to have a "catch and release" program for repeat offenders. I think enforced institutional care needs to be used when people have been banned multiple times yet still get behind the wheel drunk. I dont see that a drinking age limit of 21 has helped this problem at all (in fact I believe it hinders not helps).

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