Conservatives call for 18 year-old drinking age, again

If you’re old enough to watch The Hangover, you’re old enough to drink until you black out. And hell, if you’re old enough to do that, you’re old enough to beat a man into unconsciousness. And if you can do that, well, you might as well kill him. I suppose you’re allowed to do anything at that point. See? Right?

Reality isn’t much more than a wobbly set of dominoes with a “me too!” complex:

Old Enough to Fight, Old Enough to Drink
by Glenn Reynolds | Apr 13, 2011

‘If you get shot at, you can have a shot.” That’s the rationale behind Alaska State Representative—and Vietnam veteran—Bob Lynn’s effort to establish a drinking age of 18 for active-duty service members.

It’s an idea that has gotten consideration in other states, and it makes sense. Unfortunately, Mr. Lynn’s proposal would violate the 1984 Federal Uniform Drinking Age Act, costing Alaska federal highway money. This is a battle that Republicans—and fair-minded Democrats—in Congress should join.

The “old enough to fight, old enough to drink” argument has force.

Boy, if you love hollow cliches, it’s a whopper. I assume this argument ends with ‘booze for everybody who is 18.’ I’m not paying a penny for a Reynolds product no matter how the Wall Street Journal begs, so the rest of this extended cliche will rot on the shelf.

But can we agree that sending 18 year-olds to war is an evil that societies do out of fear and desperation? Can we agree it ends in national mourning and tragedy? Yes. So I don’t use a government’s suicide campaign as a measuring stick for what’s reasonable for teens to engage in. Nobody should ever be asked to do it, but, certainly, 18 year-olds still figuring up from down shouldn’t be asked.

And there’s the rub. The young frequently don’t know better than to say “Yes.” Thus, they’re easy targets for war-mongering governments and self-appointed world beaters.

So, right-wingers, these folks that don’t know enough to avoid things that will rip their legs off, eviscerate them, blind them, kill them — they should drink? Sure.

Drop drinking to 18
April 13, 2011 by Don Surber

When I was 18, you could drink.

Then Reagan ruined it, which was fine with me as a parent. But our youngest kid turned 21 in 2007.

Drop it back to 18! 18! 18!

DRINK! DRINK! DRINK! Don got drunk on FREEDOM! and wrote this. Yay! Sorry, no matter how you look at it, it just isn’t a good idea. Alcohol is a dangerous, poisonous thing.

Among the causes of preventable death in the U.S., trailing the two far and away champions (smoking and obesity), is booze, at number 3: 85,000 die every year because of it.

Leading causes of all deaths in older teens? Number one, far and away: car accidents. It’s ain’t 10% of the deaths of older teens, it’s 40%. The raising of the drinking age attacked this shocking fact. Almost 1,000 teen lives have been saved every year since 1984.

From 1975 – 1996, the estimated number of lives saved reached nearly 17,000.(2) In addition to a 63% decline in alcohol-related crash fatalities among young drivers since 1982, findings show that the [minimum legal purchase age law] has decreased the number of DWI arrests, youth suicides, marijuana use, crime, and alcohol consumption by youth.(3,4)

It’s just a bad idea, plain and simple. Being a blogger, incidentally, doesn’t give me access to facts that these fools can’t find, my Google’s just like yours or theirs. The life and death stats just line up to one side. And what again is the benefit to society? For the ‘teen drinking = freedom’ bunch, I think it approaches this: “REPUBLICANS ROCK! WHOO!”

I’ll tell you I choose to be a hypocrite on this one. I did more than my share of beer drinking before it was legal (California: 21). I thought it was kind of stupid having to wait to do it. It never really stopped me, but it sure got in my way.

That surprises no one. So we already know what the real drinking age is. I don’t think it should go any lower. But wait! It occurs to Don:

Funny, you can get an abortion at 18 but not a Tequila sunrise.

Pity anybody who piles his buddy in an abortion and wraps it around a tree. And since when do they think it’s OK for teens to have sex?

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  1. avatar annie1948 says:

    That chart should have included abortions. Cause the death of 1.21-million per year!

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