Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva!
I actually think a culture where alcohol is part of life and introduced young and people are taught to respect it and not see it as a novelty is the way to go. Much like they do in Europe. We have many friends who live in rural France and were all allowed to drink the odd glass of watered-down wine or whatever with their Sunday lunch from the age of about 14 onwards. In doing this, the urge to go out and get totally hammered as soon as they turned 18 was pretty much nonexistent.
So much more sophisticated, IMO.
Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
Lowering the age would help many of our problems; if it weren't such a big deal, it wouldn't be so important. We have one of the highest drinking ages and the most alcohol-related problems... so something isn't working.
Anyway, my parents thought I was old enough to drink after I graduated high school, and I did. My dad used to order beer for my sister because for a long time the law was your parent could order it for you if you were at a restaurant. They don't normally let you now, but a couple places we've been at didn't care.
I agree with you. When we were young (10, 11 yrs. old) when we had a bad cold my dad would make us a very watered down hot toddy before bed with a bit of rum. When we were out in the hay field on hot summer days bringing in hay we were allowed a sip of his cold beer (no full bottles or anything like that of course).
As teenagers we were allowed to have a drink in our own home with our parents but certainly not if they weren't home. As a result it we had no desire to go out and try to get liquor/beer and get drunk. He also allowed my brother and his friends to party at our house if they wanted to party - that way he monitored how much drinking was going on and ensured nobody drove themselves home after drinking.
There is some truth (IMO) to the feeling that if it's illegal it's more desirable. As with anything though, it really depends on the maturity of the individual involved.