Yeah, I realize that most people don't pay attention to the drinking age, but that doesn't mean we should encourage drinking at a lower age.
It should go down.
Think about it. You're allowed to drive a car at 16 (with an adult at 15) and you could very well get in an accident and kill not only yourself but others involved in the accident.
You're allowed to shoot a gun at 12 once you undergo "Hunters Safety" and, come on a gun at 12? Yet you're not allowed to put a liquid into your body at 18? You can put a permanent tattoo on your body, you can alter it with all the piercings you want, you can watch whatever you want, you can smoke, but you can't drink?
Having something so restricted just makes people want it more. If it was more casual then it wouldn't be such a big deal to drink.
glücklich -- I realize that there are a lot of things that you can do, but drinking is different. Drinking causes people to become irrational and sometimes dangerous. Smoking a cigarette or putting a tattoo on you won't do that.
People should be allowed to drink at whatever age they like. If you're stupid enough to willingly want to harm your body, you'll remain that stupid no matter your age!
Shambler -- Wow...I don't even know where to begin. Like I said before, it isn't a matter of stupidity. It's a matter of maturity. People become more mature with age.