You can't generalise Europe when it comes to teen alcohol consumption and abuse. It's different in each country. Germany and the UK have problems with teen alcohol abuse despite their lower drinking ages. In Spain and Italy, people start drinking from a very young age but in those countries, parents drink with their children more often. Alcohol sales to minors in the Scandinavia countries used to be heavily regulated, but teens in those countries now have more access to cheaper booze since joining the EU, so it's a problem again.
I don't think the US should look to European laws when it comes to drinking ages. The US is a different country with a vastly different culture. However, I do think it should be more of a state/local matter, and that parents should certainly be involved in teaching their children responsible drinking, rather than just avoiding drinking in front of their kids.
I think that it has it's pros and cons. There would be more drunk drivers on the road, I think, because if people can legally drink, a lot of them are going to, and some of them are going to be dumb eough to drive afterwards. I also think, as a pro, that people are going to learn earlier about drinking and drinking problems if they start drinking younger.
good! im in the UK an i think 18 is too high! Italy is 16 years.. so thats where i wanna go on holiday! but i think that most people can handle a few drinks at 18 and some people who will abuse it at 18 will be exactly the same if not worse at 21.
I think, in the short term, there'll be a lot of problems like a lot of people being drunk a lot. However, in the long run, like in 50 yrs or so, America's youth will as a whole be a lot less interested in drinking for the sake of getting drunk.
I live in the UK. So I would know, people go mental with drinks but if they are given a high restriction then people would go crazier at that age because they haven't spent the time controlling their drink.
i agree completely with this xx
they should its like 21 here