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post #31 of 37
There's no harm in drinking moderately and responsibly. Frankly, I learned about drinking to excess when I was underage in high school. It was such a bad experience I wanted to never, ever repeat it. And I never did. But I still drink -- moderately, responsibly, and never just before driving. I learned all those lessons when I was underage. I wonder if they would have had the same impact if I had waited five or six years.
post #32 of 37
Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
In this country people should not be allowed to drink until they are at least 35
LOL! Good one...
post #33 of 37
When I was young we had weird drinking laws here. You could drink at 18 if the beverage was 3.2 or under. So there were lots of beer bars, especially in college towns. At Okla State Univ there were TONS of beer bars. The state changed it to totally 21 (maybe some federal law made them change it, not sure) and all those little beer bars disappeared. I was about 19 or 20 when that happened, so it did effect me and I didn't like it at the time. But now with a 19 year old son and a 16 year old daughter, I'm not too upset about it.
post #34 of 37
I love this thread.

I have a friend who lives in Germany that went to high school with me here in SC for a while. The drinking age there (If I remember correctly) was 16 for beer and 18 for liquor. She said it wasn't a big deal to be able to drink.

I think we should lower the drinking age. I think it's a "forbidden fruit" here to people under the age of 21, and therefore it's abused more by underage drinkers. That's why we have more issues with underage drunk driving, etc.

I am 25, and I still go out and get sloshy sometimes, but teenagers cannot do so in a supervised environment. People who are of age still are irresponsible, yes, so there's no way to ever stop that. I just think the drinking age should be lowered to protect the younger ones.
post #35 of 37
IMO I've been of the belief that the drinking age should come before the driving age. So if the drinking age is 18, give them a year to experience being drunk and what it feels like to be drunk, then let them behind the wheel.

Personally I thought that 21 was a joke here. Once we turned 19, we'd cross the border to Canada and drink there.

Anyway, Smoking is legal at 18, joining the army is legal at 18, but you have to wait 3 more years until you can drink? Hmm...sounds fishy.
post #36 of 37
Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva! View Post

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 View Post
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.
post #37 of 37
I think 18 would be an alright drinking age. Granted there may be more DUI's and drunk driving accidents because many kids don't use their brains when they should. I'm 20. I got drunk for the first time at 14 at my cousin's wedding. My friend's parents didn't care about us drinking, so the summer I was 15 was a pretty drunken summer when I think back on it. My mom would give me some wine here and there, and my dad bought me some beer when I turned 18 to drink at home. I don't have the "holy crap, when I turn 21 I'm going to go out and get hammered!" state of mind now. I don't think it's the greatest thing in the world. I don't know WHY the age is 21... what significance that age has compared to 18. Many people's maturity levels are the same at both ages.
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