Posted by
Gavin
• 09.30.15 03:47 pm


Yes. Even if that means a 4% dropout increase. That is an irrelevant percentage. 

If you drink at 14, you will likely overdo it and barf your guts out. 15 is a perfectly reasonable age to start drinking. They shouldn’t be allowed in my pub but the Free Market will find them a spot at the bar somewhere.

The G weighs in at 2:15


Comments
  1. Ghetto Defendant says:

    Nope, and it has nothing to do with increasing dropouts. How many kids do you have? Three? You want your auto insurance going through the roof, just as you’re reaching the age that you’re going to be dipping into your retirement savings to pay for household expenses, because the drunk driving risk of high school and college age kids will sky rocket?

  2. raymi says:

    Doesn’t really matter. If they’re gonna drink, they’re gonna drink.

  3. John Thomas says:

    High school kids already drive drunk even though it’s illegal. It’s illegal for grown-ups, too, but they still do it. What if they legalized marijuana? Next thing you know, some of the teenagers at your local high school would be potheads. Could you imagine?

  4. John Thomas says:

    In general, if you’re at risk of dropping out, anyway, what are the chances that squeaking by and graduating high school is going to make a big difference for you?

  5. Ghetto Defendant says:

    Hey John, but the numbers don’t lie about the fact that it’s way less than before Reagan signed the federal drinking age into law in 1984. In fact by 1988 there was a 14 percent drop in DUI related deaths among people under 21.
    http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/dd.pdf
    http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/research/FewerYoungDrivers/iv__what_caused.htm

  6. STINKY says:

    I can’t lay claim to the notion, but if you’re old enough to vote and kill/die for your country, you should be old enough to drink.

  7. OogaBooga says:

    You have to register for the draft, you can join the military and get killed for your country, you can be tried as an adult and executed for a crime… but you can’t buy a beer? Give me a goddamned break.

  8. STINKY says:

    It sounded better when I said it.

  9. A Different John says:

    I don’t think that lowering the drinking age would be the end of the world, but this argument that underage drinking should be legal just because kids do it anyway is not super convincing.

  10. ass says:

    The college I went to spent thousands and thousands of dollars every semester on policing parties and busting underage drinking. there was so much technology and money poured into catching drunk 19 year olds. I always thought of how much taxpayer money/tuition money was wasted on this crap.

  11. frank says:

    The 21 drinking age is 100% about DUI. Nobody really gives a shit beyond the tendency for tipsy 18 year olds to plow into oncoming traffic and trees. The more interesting question is Why is America built so that everybody has to drive everywhere?

    Well the answer to that question is that from 1950 to 1990 a lot of middle class whites figured out that if you build things so you have to drive everywhere, then non-middle-class whites will have a hard time moving into the area. Cars are expensive. This was a retarded idea, but here we are in an America where 90%+ of people have to drive everywhere. Fix that and I don’t think anyone would care about about kids having a tipple. It’s really the best age to do it. I had a lot of fun.


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