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mobuto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-02-04 02:11 PM
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17. Ok,
Underage drinking in bars is down. So the drinking's moved to dorm rooms, basements and private parties. I never had any problem obtaining alcohol and I didn't know anybody who did.

As for the military/voting/drinking thing, I always found that a very weak argument. We never have had, nor is there any reason for, a single age at which every right is conferred upon you.

Well, why not? I'm generally more concerned anyway about the young man holding a grenade launcher than I am about the guy with a glass of wine. Why not allow kids to drink at 18 and to join the Army at 21? This is all arbitrary and its silly.

But if it would please you, I'd be willing to stipulate that active service members be allowed to drink at 18.

That's not my point and you know it. 18 year olds in the service aren't necessarily any more responsible than 18 year olds anywhere. And yet we trust them with all of the ordinary responsibilities and privileges of citizenship, except the right to consume alchohol.
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