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June 01, 2005

19- and 20-year olds in the military in Wisconsin could be of legal drinking age soon

Interesting bill coming through Wisconsin.

I've always been of the opinion that the drinking age should never have been raised to 18 (if you have not attended a college since the age was raised to 21, you'll see that the law is often broken). I personally believe that a lower drinking age would greatly reduce the number of deaths by alcohol (whether high BAC or in an accident), but that is just me. With children trying alcohol at ever dropping ages, it hardly seems likely that a lower legal age would increase intake by minors as well. Of course, we could also use the argument that standard military gear, a car, and even a single vote could be far more dangerous than a drink, but I believe that a good education when it comes to having a drink should come from home. A parent teaching their child to respect alcohol could be very effective.