I go back and forth on this. Let's just say I am for it, and here is why. Drinking is being done by kids from 14 up to 21 so will lowering the drinking age change won't be that big of a deal.
Yes 18 year olds will now be able to buy it but the laws are still in place. How many times have you heard of someone who was busted for underage drinking and driving? If they are drunk they caught no matter the age. This law change won't allow drinking and driving for 18 year old kids, big difference.
It also does not matter if they are under or over 21, if they want to drink kids are resourceful and will find ways. If it was legal for 18 year olds then it might be easier to monitor. Its also not a bad idea to introduce alcohol to 18 year olds to allow them to get used to the side affects and cause/affects while they are still somewhat under parental supervision. Finding alcohol while in college put so many kids I went to school with in the hospital or jail.
Allowing 18 year olds to start drinking while still at home also has another positive affect. If kids are choosing to drink while at home with parents then maybe it will allow them to see drinking as a more social activity and not as something that needs to be done in secret and in large quantities because everyone else is binging. This will bring a different light to the idea of drinking.
Now of course there are exceptions, this won't matter if the parents are alcoholics, if the parents still try to control the alcohol consumption, and of course kids will be kids.
On another note simply because there will be a larger number of kids allowed to drink, this will lead to a bit more drunk driving caused traffic violations which will bring in more money for police forces and this could actually improve the bar/restaurant/waiter industry, maybe even the economy???
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