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'Hunger Games' Star

U.S. Should LOWER

Boozing Age to 18

4/12/2012 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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If 18-year-olds can fire a shot in war ... they should be able to take a shot in a bar ... so says "Hunger Games" star Josh Hutcherson.

Hutcherson was leaving STK last night when we asked a question inspired by his 19-year-old co-star Alexander Ludwig ... who triggered an investigation when he left a 21+ bar in Hollywood this week.

Hutcherson tells us the drinking age in America simply doesn't make sense -- saying, "I think the age to go to war is 18 ... so I think the drinking age should be 18 as well."

Hutcherson raises a good point ... so we gotta ask ...



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61.

elysummers    

It was 18 in a lot of states about 30 years ago. The age was raised because there were more incidents of drinking and driving involving fatalities with 18-20 year olds. Evidently they just can't handle it, hmmmmm.

821 days ago
62.

supermom    

Old enough to go to war-old enough to drink.

821 days ago
63.

Kevin    

ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? I AM SO TIRED OF HEARING THESE A**HOLES WHINE ABOUT THIS STUFF. WHAT WAR ARE HIM OR ALEXANDER LUDWIG ABOUT TO GO FIGHT IN? THERE HASN'T BE A DRAFT FOR OVER 30+ YEARS. GIVE ME A BREAK YOU LITTLE PANSY! YOU HAVE NO CLUE WHAT IT'S LIKE TO SERVE YOUR COUNTRY. HOW ABOUT WE LOWER THE DRINKING AGE FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE ... NOT THAT THOSE WHO PLAY THEM IN MOVIES.

821 days ago
64.

Lawdog1521    

If you're old enough to go to war... then fine go to war. Joining the military allows you to drink at 18. My guess is pretty boy Josh isn't willing to do that though.

821 days ago
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james    

Yea, Let's spend more money to change the laws so Idiots like this can be legal to get behind the wheel of a car and go out and kill someone.Let's go out and change the laws and make a stronger law to curb Violence in the streets. It's young fools like this that will kill and claim he was drunk and needs to go to rehab at the age of 18. Stupid, Just Stupid.As far as being 18 to go to War, They will be protecting our country and not getting drunk. Wake up people our Country is going to **** fast and you want to change laws that will only make it worse. WAKE UP AMERICA.......

821 days ago
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Robert    

In Canada each province is different - Alberta is 18, BC, Ontario is 19 (all I know) but yes you cant have separations as what defines adulthood. Adulthood across the board should be 18 - with the exceptions of course for mental illness which is a whole different ball game.

PS - Go Vancouver, LA KINGS SUCK!! :)

821 days ago
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Zignon    

If you can die for your country in battle at 18 years old then you should be able to get a drink. Just my point of view.

821 days ago
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JR Jake    

Drinking age should remain 21 years old HOWEVER in the case of the military recruit, they can drink on base at the age of 18. If they mess up the MP's will make sure they learn their lesson or the CO. When they are stateside they should be like any other 18-20 year old, they obey the rules. Who says I am not fair.

821 days ago
69.

Bob    

Dont use that worn out saying "You can go to war at 18 but you cant drink a beer". I think you should be able to drink at 18 IF YOU ARE IN THE MILITARY not some spoiled little actor.

821 days ago
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Rebecca     

On base, the drinking age is 18.

821 days ago
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stephanie    

The drinking age should stay 21. The brain and mentality of an 18 year old is not the same as that of a 21 year old (generally) and a 21 year old is/should be more mature and able to make better judgments. Studies *actually* show that the highest incidence of alcoholism is in Europe, where people start drinking at a young age and it's part of their culture to indulge in wine, beer, etc. They are alcoholics and binge drinkers. Lowering the age would only lead to more problems in many aspects of life.

821 days ago
72.

guenivere    

You can get married, fight/die in war, have car and house payments, work 40+ hours a week, pay taxes, have children, but no alcohol. Talk about old fashioned and ridiculous!

821 days ago
73.

Bob    

Or how about this. Don't enlist till you are old enough to drink. You still have to register for the draft before then. Anyway, the military doesn't make or change laws. Countries that do this usually have a dictatorship. Next thing you know some 18 year old is going to get popped for doing 75 in a 65 and they're going to want to raise the speed limit. Stop deflecting from your poor choices and follow the rules or take your punishment like a man.

821 days ago
74.

MaMaHo    

Drinking age is 18 in Alberta, Canada as well...

821 days ago
75.

Sonia    

At least the interviewer was polite.

821 days ago
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