A proposal to raise the Maryland drinking age for beer and wine from 18 to 19 has been passed by the state Senate in Annapolis and is now under study by a House of Delegates committee. Reporter Paula Tarnapol and photographer Vanessa Barnes Hillian asked Maryland residents what they thought of the proposal. Lynn Sly, 19, Wheaton: Women are responsible enough at 18; it's men who abuse alcohol. I think the age should be raised to 21 for men and kept at 18 for women. Ed Fink, 65, Silver Spring: I don't think raising the age makes much difference, although I don't think young people should drink at all. I don't. Their parents should get them back to church and religion instead. Sergeant Louis Greene, 29, Olney: They should raise the drinking age to 19, or even back to 21. That would make the roads safer. Marlene Middleton, 18, Silver Spring: No way the age should be changed. That's 'cause I'm 18, and I don't think it's fair. David Dowd, 34, Glenmont: I buy the argument that this might keep liquor out of the high schools. Otherwise, I don't think a year makes a difference. But if I had to vote, I'd vote for raising the age. Donna Diamond, 25, College Park: Nineteen won't make much difference. If they want to raise the age, they should raise it to 20 or 21. At least at 20 or 21 you're more mature. Shirley Wilson, 32, Wheaton: It's definitely a good thing -- at least it's a start in the right direction. I hate to see teen-agers getting drunk and driving. I have two children and I worry about how easy it might be for them to get liquor when they're in high school.