Here’s some good food for thought this week: should the drinking age be lower for our troops? In Alaska, one state representative is reviving the drinking age debate. The argument supporting the change in law is that if a citizen is old enough to die for his or her country, he or she ought to be able to drink and smoke legally, too. Representative Bob Lynn said the bill would “enable all active duty warriors in our U.S. Armed Forces to be treated as adults, regardless of age.” In addition, for American troops deployed overseas, the drinking age can be as low as 18, depending on the country.

Opponents of the bill argue that a higher drinking age can be linked to increased safety and healthy brain development. Another interesting challenge is that since enforcement of the drinking age is tied to federal funding, Alaska would have to forfeit almost $50 million in federal highway money to enact this change. We’ve written about other instances where state compliance is tied to federal funding recently and asked if enforcement of a regulation at the state level should be tied to national money.

What do YOU think?

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One Response to “Daily News Headlines: Should members of the military be allowed to drink at 18?”

  1. Rock Throwing Peasant says:

    I know this is an older topic, but I thought I’d comment. WHen I was in, Ft Huachuca had the drinking age on base as 18. The reason being to keep younger soldiers on base and not in Mexico.

    Let them drink where we can watch and better control it, so to speak. A similar policy may not be a bad idea. Off base, the drinking age is 21. On base, it’s 18.

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