Josh Hutcherson of Hunger Games: US drinking age should be lowered to 18

This is kind of a throwaway comment that Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson, 19, made to a paparazzo who asked him a question outside an L.A. restaurant. It’s getting a lot of press though and for good reason. When asked if the US drinking age should be lowered, Josh thought for a moment and said that the age to go to war is 18 and that the age to drink should be 18 as well. Why don’t we just raise the age to join the military?

The Huffington Post, which we’re quoting below, points out that Josh’s costar Alexander Ludwig, also just 19, was recently seen coming out of a club, which is what prompted this question:

We’re sure you were just dying to know what “The Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson’s thoughts are on the legal drinking age in the United States.

Hutcherson’s 19-year-old “Hunger Games” co-star Alexander Ludwig prompted an investigation by the California Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control into Hollywood bar the Sayers Club, after the underage actor was spotted leaving the 21+ hot spot on Tuesday night.

Naturally, when TMZ spotted Hutcherson, also 19, leaving an LA restaurant last night, they wanted to know his opinion on the legal drinking age.

“I think the age to go to war is 18, so I think the drinking age should be 18 as well,” he told the website as he was trying to find a taxi.

[From The Huffington Post]

I lived in Switzerland and Germany for years. The drinking age for beer and wine in Germany is 16 and the drinking age for hard liquor is 18. The driving age is 18. I think a lower drinking age sort-of works in some European countries because of cultural factors along with the fact that kids are drinking before they can drive. (And it’s much harder and more involved to get a driver’s license, at least in Germany.) Plus they often don’t need to drive to get around due to the way the communities are set up and the fact that public transportation is readily available. That’s not the case in the US and if you legally let kids drink here at a younger age (even though they’re doing it already) it could be a recipe for disaster. I don’t have a strong opinion on it, though, as it seems perfectly reasonable for kids to drink in their late teens in Germany. I’m not saying that there aren’t issues with alcohol and teens in Europe, there definitely are. So I’m not sure it would work here to lower the drinking age. Can you tell I’m a mom?

Also, how dorky does Josh look in this little red cap? I just noticed that it says “Pabst Blue Ribbon.” It figures.

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