Tuesday, 06 April 2010 05:30

Underage Drinking For the Military?

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This idea of underage drinking for active duty military has created quite a stir amongst lawmakers and U.S. citizens. Should military under 21-years-old be able to drink? Some people argue that the government considers them young enough to serve the country and shoot guns, so why not allow them to drink? Of course, there are many, like M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) who object to this idea. These young adults are just not mature enough to think logically after they've had a few drinks.

There has been a push by lawmakers for laws that allow active duty military under 21 to drink. Even people on social networking websites have been collecting signatures to obtain a measure on the ballot to lower the drinking age limit for the military.

A military base near San Diego, California allows personnel to drink only when they're on base. However, some business owners and residents in the area near the base have already noticed that there are more problems with DUIs. Although military personnel can drink on base, once they step off the base they're subject to the 21 age limit law.

Other people argue that no matter what the drinking laws are, people are going to find a way to drink alcohol regardless. "Where there's a will, there's a way" is the old saying. I've witnessed teenagers pay people over 21 to buy them a drink. If you live in a city like San Diego which is close to the Mexico border, you'll see thousands of young people heading down to the bars in Mexico to drink.

It all boils down to whether or not these young adults have the maturity level if they are given the opportunity to drink. It's up to them to take responsibility and learn the consequences of their actions. Perhaps if there was better education for younger people about the consequences of drunk driving, they would take it more seriously.

About the Author:
Maria Palma is a freelance writer committed to helping people with their San Diego DUI. Make sure to hire a professional and experiencedSan Diego DUI lawyer.
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