After reading this thread (http://www.expertlaw.com/forums/showthread.php?t=91469) I thought this would be a good topic to make here.
As most of you are already aware, the drinking age in every state is 21 due to the federal government threatening to rescind highway funds from states which have a minimum age younger than 21, but it's not a national law, per se.
What some people may not be aware of is that not every state prohibits alcohol consumption or every case of possession by a person under 21 (Source: http://www.expertlaw.com/forums/showthread.php?t=91469).
Now, the drinking ages around the world vary, but America has one of the highest, and the majority set the age at 18 (though in practice the age may be much lower or nonexistant). Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_drinking_age (yes, wikipedia, but this is fairly well known anyway).
Anyways, there is almost always a minor debate about this going on, especially when college students and administrators get involved. I was wondering what you think.
(The following are just questions to get people thinking. No need to answer each one.)
What do you think the best arguments for and against a higher/lower drinking age are?
Do you think the drinking age should be lower? higher? If so, what age?
Do you think a system that isn't based totally on age might be both feasible and superior to the system we have now?