Ok, seriously. No, I don't think they should lower the age limit. The difference between serving in the armed forces, driving a car, and drinking is that only one of these is recognized as a controlled substance, a drug. Since being in the military and driving are not substances that can atler your perception of reality (outside of ego's) they technically do not qualify as dangers to society. Excessive drinking is.
Before anyone points out that driving a car can be dangerous, in Utah that has been recognized and steps have been taken to lower the number of accidents from 16 & 17 yr old drivers.
Also I do not believe that eliminating the drinking age altogether would fix anything. In the past I had several friends from Belgium. They would tell me how, at age 16, they and everyone they knew were going out and getting smashed every night/weekend because there was nothing else to do. Add that to drivers lisences and the potential for fatalities is truly scary. It's hard enough for teenagers to survive to become an adult in some places, why make it harder. That's assuming they don't kill someone else instead.
Final point. Binge drinking is a serious problem in colleges. It leads to drunk driving, rape, and death. Most of these students are still underage. Guess what a good indicator of whether a college student is likely to binge drink is? If he did it as a teenager. Something to think about.
DID YOU KNOW?
** Frequent binge drinkers were eight times more likely than non-binge drinkers to miss a class, fall behind in schoolwork, get hurt or injured, and damage property.13
** Nearly one out of every five teenagers (16 percent) has experienced “black out” spells where they could not remember what happened the previous evening because of heavy binge drinking.14 ** More than 60 percent of college men and almost 50 percent of college women who are frequent binge drinkers report that they drink and drive.15
** Binge drinking during high school, especially among males, is strongly predictive of binge drinking in college.16
** Binge drinking during college may be associated with mental health disorders such as compulsiveness, depression or anxiety, or early deviant behavior.17
** In a national study, 91 percent of women and 78 percent of the men who were frequent binge drinkers considered themselves to be moderate or light drinkers.18