696 very good reasons why we should lower the drinking age

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I missed out on the grandfather date for legally drinking 3.2% beer in Colorado by a little over a year.  It was weird having friends who could legally buy alcohol who were under 21 years of age.  I always felt it was unfair I could not buy alcohol, just because I was a bit younger.  You can hunt, vote, marry, live on your own, purchase porn (or even perform), have sex, have abortions, get a credit card, enter into legally binding agreements, hold public office, be executed, get sued, own a business, employ others, and even go to war and die for your country.  You just can’t buy a beer.

The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 required every state in America to legislate and enforce 21 years of age as the minimum age to possess and consume alcohol.  The Federal Aid Highway Act takes 10% of highway funds from every state which does not set the minimum age at 21.  Fair or not, the legal drinking age in the United States is 21.

What’s Changed?

These laws have been in effect for more than two decades, but what has the change accomplished?  Proponents for the laws will point out alcohol related deaths have decreased since the law went into effect.  This is true; however, all alcohol related deaths have decreased for almost all ages.  Tougher DUI laws and drunk-driving education, better cars equipped with airbags, and other alcohol awareness programs have reduced the number of alcohol related fatalities in all age categories except in one notable category, 21 to 24.  It appears the law just raised the ages of those killed.

Some might argue a lower drinking age will result in higher rates of drinking as an adult.  There is no research to demonstrate this.  Research actually shows the desire to drink alcohol after 21 wanes with each year.

drinking and driving

No one should ever drink and drive, but 18 is the wrong solution

Research also shows underage drinkers are more likely to desire spirits over beer and wine.  This is most likely because spirits give “more bang for the buck”.  A bottle of vodka is easier to sneak around or mix with orange juice than a 6-pack of beer.  You can get alcohol poisoning from beer, but it is much more difficult.  I would rather let them have the beer.  Beer becomes the beverage of choice quickly after the age of 21.

Another problem with the higher drinking age is kids go to college and are exposed to the “forbidden fruit” with little to no guidance.  Without the education and experience they might have learned from their family, they are more prone to over-indulgence.  This puts them at greater risk, because they know drinking is illegal.  “They get sick, they get scared and they get into trouble and they can’t call because they know it’s illegal,” says Vermont Senator Hinda Miller.

Bad choices, not alcohol, are to blame

The real problem is how alcohol is viewed in America.  In countries where alcohol abuse is not a problem, alcohol is seen as neutral.  Other cultures teach their youth how to drink in the safe environment of the home.  In these countries, the legal drinking age is lower than America.  Alcohol education needs to come from the family, not a mandate from the government.

So what age do you consider someone an adult?  America is a free country where adults are allowed to make their own choices, for better or worse – but not minors.  An 18-year-old is considered adult enough to vote for people to lead our country, but not buy a beer.  Is an 18-year-old an adult or not?

How old to fire a gun?!?

A 12-year-old can carry a gun and hunt and kill game.  Am I the only person who finds this scary?  I’m not advocating a 12-year-old be allowed to purchase a beer, but it is strange our country thinks a gun is safer than a beer in the hands of a child.  The reality is the child has the gun under adult supervision and is required to take training before the child is granted a license.  Why is the same approach not applied to drinking?

Who can better teach a child about alcohol than their parents?  The government thinks it is better for people to start from scratch at 21.  It is illegal in many states for a parent to provide their child an alcoholic beverage.  Personally I think I am a much better choice to teach my child about alcohol.  No wonder 21-year-olds do not know how to drink – but with our laws they have nine years of practice with a gun!

No beer, but here hold this gun!

And they are in luck!  We have a great job for those who know how to use a gun.  I cannot believe we allow young men and women to fight in wars, but we don’t allow them to drink.  I cannot describe how offensive I find this contradiction of “adulthood”.  When I was a teenager I got into this argument with my father.  His response at the time, “we don’t go to war that often”.  America went to war in the first Gulf War two years later.

An 18-year-old is old enough to give their life for our country, but not old enough to buy a beer.  As of date of writing this article, 696 soldiers have died in Iraq and were not old enough to buy a beer.  Here are 696 very good reasons why we should lower the drinking age right now to 18. These men and women did die for our country, but still were never trusted with a beer.

696 reasons to lower the drinking age to 18

Ruben Estrella-Soto 18 Army Private
Andrew Julian Aviles 18 Marine Lance Corporal
David Evans Jr. 18 Army Private
Cory Ryan Geurin 18 Marine Lance Corporal
Daniel R. Parker 18 Army Private 1st Class
Charles M. Sims 18 Army Private 1st Class
Michael G. Mihalakis 18 Army National Guard Specialist
Matthew G. Milczark 18 Marine Private 1st Class
Dustin M. Sekula 18 Marine Private 1st Class
Marcus M. Cherry 18 Marine Lance Corporal
Kyle D. Crowley 18 Marine Lance Corporal
Ryan M. Jerabek 18 Marine Private 1st Class
Anthony P. Roberts 18 Marine Lance Corporal
Bradley G. Kritzer 18 Army Private 1st Class
Leslie D. Jackson 18 Army Private 1st Class
Sam W. Huff 18 Army Private 1st Class
Christopher R. Dixon 18 Marine Reserve Private 1st Class
Jonathan R. Flores 18 Marine Lance Corporal
Christopher R. Kilpatrick 18 Army Private 1st Class
Sergio H. Escobar 18 Marine Lance Corporal
Peter D. Wagler 18 Army Private 1st Class
Stephen P. Snowberger III 18 Army Private 1st Class
Jeremy Z. Long 18 Marine Lance Corporal
Colin Joseph Wolfe 18 Marine Private 1st Class
Jeremy R. Shank 18 Army Private 1st Class
Jason Franco 18 Marine Private 1st Class
Eric R. Sieger 18 Army Specialist
Matthew T. Zeimer 18 Army Private
Steven J. Walberg 18 Army Private 1st Class
Le Ron A. Wilson 18 Army Private 1st Class
Christopher D. Kube 18 Army Private 1st Class
Jeremy S. Bohannon 18 Army Private
Nathan Z. Thacker 18 Army Private
Brandon Scott Tobler 19 Army Reserve Specialist
Brandon Ulysses Sloan 19 Army Private
Nolen Ryan Hutchings 19 Marine Private
Gregory Paul Sanders 19 Army Specialist
Diego Fernando Rincon 19 Army Private 1st Class
Christian Daniel Gurtner 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Devon Demilo Jones 19 Army Private
Gregory Paul Huxley Jr. 19 Army Private 1st Class
Anthony Scott Miller 19 Army Private 1st Class
Alan Dinh Lam 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Jose F. Gonzalez Rodriguez 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Nicholas Brian Kleiboeker 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Kenneth A. Nalley 19 Army Private
Jesse M. Halling 19 Army Private
Ryan R. Cox 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Robert L. Frantz 19 Army Private
Jonathan M. Cheatham 19 Army Reserve Private 1st Class
Duane E. Longstreth 19 Army Private 1st Class
Vorn J. Mack 19 Army Private 1st Class
Pablo Manzano 19 Army Private 1st Class
Benjamin L. Freeman 19 Army Private
Stephen E. Wyatt 19 Army Private 1st Class
Paul J. Bueche 19 Army National Guard Private 1st Class
Steven Acosta 19 Army Private 1st Class
Rachel K. Bosveld 19 Army Private 1st Class
Joey D. Whitener 19 Army Private 1st Class
Jason G. Wright 19 Army Private 1st Class
Jeffrey F. Braun 19 Army Private 1st Class
Nathan W. Nakis 19 Army National Guard Specialist
Luis A. Moreno 19 Army Private 1st Class
Holly J. McGeogh 19 Army Private 1st Class
William C. Ramirez 19 Army Private 1st Class
Bryan N. Spry 19 Army Private
Nichole M. Frye 19 Army Reserve Private 1st Class
Dustin L. Kreider 19 Army Private
William R. Strange 19 Army Private 1st Class
Geoffrey S. Morris 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Shane Lee Goldman 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Moises A. Langhorst 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Christopher R. Cobb 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Travis J. Layfield 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Christopher D. Mabry 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Chance R. Phelps 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Torrey L. Gray 19 Marine Lance Corporal
James E. Marshall 19 Army Specialist
Brian K. Cutter 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Brandon C. Sturdy 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Michael A. Mora 19 Army Private 1st Class
Daniel Paul Unger 19 Army National Guard Private 1st Class
Kyle W. Codner 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Cody S. Calavan 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Bradli N. Coleman 19 Army Private
Sean Horn 19 Marine Private 1st Class
William River Emanuel IV 19 Army Specialist
Harry N. Shondee Jr. 19 Army Private 1st Class
Joseph L. Nice 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Jonathan W. Collins 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Fernando B. Hannon 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Seth Huston 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Charles L. Neeley 19 Army Reserve Specialist
Omead H. Razani 19 Army Specialist
Luis A. Perez 19 Army Reserve Private 1st Class
Nicholas Perez 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Tomas Garces 19 Army National Guard Specialist
David Paul Burridge 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Jason L. Sparks 19 Army Private 1st Class
Dominic C. Brown 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Mathew D. Puckett 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Andrew Halverson 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Aaron J. Rusin 19 Army Private 1st Class
Oscar A. Martinez 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Victor A. Gonzalez 19 Marine Lance Corporal
David L. Waters 19 Army Private
Richard Patrick Slocum 19 Marine Lance Corporal
John Lukac 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Andrew G. Riedel 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Nicholas D. Larson 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Abraham Simpson 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Nathan R. Wood 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Nicholas H. Anderson 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Cole W. Larsen 19 Army Private 1st Class
Justin D. McLeese 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Travis R. Desiato 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Bradley L. Parker 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Phillip G. West 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Jordan D. Winkler 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Joshua E. Lucero 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Joshua A. Ramsey 19 Army Private 1st Class
Oscar Sanchez 19 Army Private 1st Class
Brian P. Parrello 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Gunnar D. Becker 19 Army Private 1st Class
Jesus Fonseca 19 Army Private 1st Class
Jason C. Redifer 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Sean P. Maher 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Richard C. Clifton 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Richard A. Perez Jr. 19 Marine Reserve Lance Corporal
Landon S. Giles 19 Army Private
Samuel S. Lee 19 Army Private 1st Class
Tenzin Dengkhim 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Casey M. LaWare 19 Army Private 1st Class
Charles S. Cooper Jr. 19 Army Private
Stephen P. Baldwyn 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Wesley R. Riggs 19 Army Private 1st Class
Carrie L. French 19 Army National Guard Corporal
Chad B. Maynard 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Adam J. Crumpler 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Lavena L. Johnson 19 Army Private
Ramon A. Villatoro Jr. 19 Army Private 1st Class
Christopher Jenkins Dyer 19 Marine Reserve Lance Corporal
Nils George Thompson 19 Army Private 1st Class
Nathaniel E. “Nate” Detample 19 Army National Guard Private 1st Class
Joshua P. Dingler 19 Army National Guard Specialist
Ramon Romero 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Elijah M. Ortega 19 Marine Private
Oliver J. Brown 19 Army National Guard Private 1st Class
Roberto C. Baez 19 Army Private 1st Class
Andrew D. Bedard 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Shayne M. Cabino 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Jason L. Frye 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Daniel Scott R. Bubb 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Kenneth J. Butler 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Christopher T. Monroe 19 Army Reserve Specialist
Mario A. Reyes 19 Army Private 1st Class
Jeremy P. Tamburello 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Daniel Freeman Swaim 19 Marine Lance Corporal
John A. “JT” Lucente 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Anthony Alexander “Alex” Gaunky 19 Army Private 1st Class
Adam Wade Kaiser 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Andrew G. Patten 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Brian A. Wright 19 Army National Guard Specialist
Jeriad P. Jacobs 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Jonathan Kyle Price 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Javier Chavez Jr. 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Amy A. Duerksen 19 Army Private 1st Class
Angelo A. Zawaydeh 19 Army Private 1st Class
Jeremy W. Ehle 19 Army Private 1st Class
Chase A. Edwards 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Jody W. Missildine 19 Army Private
Ryan G. Winslow 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Michael E. Bouthot 19 Army Private
Travis C. Zimmerman 19 Army Private
Michael L. Ford 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Christopher M. Eckhardt 19 Army Private 1st Class
Leon Deraps 19 Marine Lance Corporal
David N. Crombie 19 Army Private 1st Class
Brent Zoucha 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Devon J. Gibbons 19 Army Private 1st Class
Ryan. J. Clark 19 Army Corporal
Kyle Miller 19 Army National Guard Specialist
Anthony E. Butterfield 19 Marine Lance Corporal
James J. Arellano 19 Army Private 1st Class
Dan Dolan 19 Army Private 1st Class
Nicholas A. Madaras 19 Army Private 1st Class
Philip A. Johnson 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Anthony P. Seig 19 Army Private 1st Class
Ryan A. Miller 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Christopher T. Blaney 19 Army Private 1st Class
Edward M. Garvin 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Shane R. Austin 19 Army Private 1st Class
Stephen Bicknell 19 Army Private 1st Class
Donald S. Brown 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Ryan T. McCaughn 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Kristopher C. Warren 19 Marine Reserve Lance Corporal
Heath Warner 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Reece D. Moreno 19 Army Private
Jesse D. Tillery 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Ross A. McGinnis 19 Army Private
Joe L. Baines 19 Army Private 1st Class
Nick J. Palmer 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Seth M. Stanton 19 Army Private 1st Class
Fernando S. Tamayo 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Andrew H. Nelson 19 Army Private 1st Class
Ryan R. Berg 19 Army Private 1st Class
Collin R. Schockmel 19 Army Specialist
Andrew G. Matus 19 Marine Lance Corporal
David T. Toomalatai 19 Army Private 1st Class
Adam Q. Emul 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Tarryl B. Hill 19 Marine Reserve Private 1st Class
Daniel T. Morris 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Kelly D. Youngblood 19 Army Private
Matthew C. Bowe 19 Army Private 1st Class
Adare W. Cleveland 19 Army Private 1st Class
Louis G. Kim 19 Army Specialist
Cory C. Kosters 19 Army Private 1st Class
Jonathan K. Smith 19 Army Specialist
Raymond J. Holzhauer 19 Marine Lance Corporal
Miguel A. Marcial III 19 Marine Private 1st Class
Daniel A. Fuentes 19 Army Private 1st Class
Damian Lopez Rodriguez 19 Army Private
John G. Borbonus 19 Army Private 1st Class
Richard P. Langenbrunner 19 Army Private 1st Class
Michael J. Slater 19 Army Private
Jeffrey A. Avery 19 Army Private 1st Class
Jerry R. King 19 Army Specialist
Brian A. Botello 19 Army Private 1st Class
Katie M. Soenksen 19 Army Private 1st Class
Michael A. Pursel 19 Army Corporal
Daniel Courneya 19 Army Private 1st Class
Aaron D. Gautier 19 Army Private 1st Class
Joshua G. Romero 19 Army Specialist
Alexander R. Varela 19 Army Private 1st Class
Robert A. Worthington 19 Army Private 1st Class
Clinton C. Blodgett 19 Army Specialist
Anthony D. Hebert 19 Army Private 1st Class
Dustin L. Workman II 19 Army Specialist
James J. Harrelson 19 Army Private 1st Class
Ron J. Joshua Jr. 19 Army Private 1st Class
Zachary Clouser 19 Army Specialist
Daniel A. Leckel 19 Army Specialist
Jaime Rodriguez Jr. 19 Army Specialist
Braden J. Long 19 Army Specialist
Donald M. Young 19 Army Specialist
Travis M. Virgadamo 19 Army Specialist
Dane R. Balcon 19 Army Private 1st Class
Marisol Heredia 19 Army Specialist
Sammie E. Phillips 19 Army National Guard Private 1st Class
Christian M. Neff 19 Army Private 1st Class
Shayna Ann Schnell 19 Navy Seaman Apprentice
Genesia Mattril Gresham 19 Navy Seaman
Cody M. Carver 19 Army Private
Daren A. Smith 19 Army Private
Juctin R. P. McDaniel 19 Army Private 1st Class
Ivan E. Merlo 19 Army Private 1st Class
Duncan Charles Crookston 19 Army Private 1st Class
Jack T. Sweet 19 Army Private 1st Class
Micheal E. Phillips 19 Army Private 1st Class
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DJ Spiess

DJ Spiess

Beer buddy

I live in Denver, Colorado. This blog is everything about beer, wine, cider, mead and other spirits.
I am a avid homebrewer and winemaker. I’ve been making my own beer and wine for many years. I started making beer when I was in college (mostly because the drinking age in the United States is 21). My first few beers were horrible. The beers are much better now, and I often supply my neighborhood with free beer! It is a great hobby!