Thursday, December 01, 2005

Dem. Rep. Wants to Lower Drinking Age for Military

This is a summary and editorial of a news article from the Portsmouth Herald, you can read the original article HERE.

Democratic Rep. Jim Splaine has sponsored a bill that would lower the drinking age for military personnel to 18 in the state of NH. Interestingly enough, this is the same Rep. Splaine who sponsored the legislation that raised the drinking age to 21 in the 1980s.

Rep. Splaine feels that the state hasn’t done enough to educate young people about alcohol before they reach the the legal drinking age. He also feels that it’s hypocrisy that as a society we give all other rights and responsibilities to 18 year olds and even send them to war–but we don’t allow them to have a farewell drink with their family. He says he hopes to highlight those shortcomings by sponsorship of this bill, and to open up debate on the issues related to drinking.

This is a good move on the part of Rep. Splaine; at 18 a person has all the full responsibilities of a citizen, yet we set aside this one right. As a society, we need to demystify alcohol and educate our young people about personal responsibility and the risks associated with this drug before they reach the age of use.


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