rustyironmongerFeatured By OwnerFeb 17, 2013Hobbyist General Artist
In Utah, the drinking age was 25 at one point IIRC. That is even more fucked up than mandating that alcohol be restricted to 21 and over. There should be no drinking age, no one should be branded criminal for putting something into their own body. No smoking age and no drug laws either.
It's that age probably to try to prevent young drunk drivers.
Whether it has been effective or not, I'm not sure. If it hasn't been effective, I say lower it to 18. I think people are more attracted to things if they're not allowed to have it, at least in some situations I've observed.
To quote a friend of mine, "The drinking age should be lowered to 18 and the driving age should be raised to 21."
I sort of agree with that theory. A lot of teens get into car accidents, and drink alcohol. It's nearly impossible to keep alcohol completely away from teens. But if a teen drives without a license, they can get caught and get fined. The stakes are a bit higher in that way. Just an idea.
Twenty-one is fucking bullshit. I can't believe you live in a country that lets you buy guns, join the army, go to college, get married, move out, all that jazz -- but won't let you drink oh lawdy no until you're 21. I live in a province where the drinking age is 18. It just makes sense. Not to mention, by the time people turn 21 here I find the novelty of drinking can wear off considerably whereas it's just beginning for American young adults (not to suggest ya'll don't drink before you turn 21, that would be incredibly naive).
Here, there is a 0% alcohol tolerance for young drivers I believe. That makes sense.
The government definitely has to protect people from themselves in a many number of ways. People are retarded ...
If no one had to wear a seatbelt, then the people most likely to take stupid risks, namely the types of people who won't wear a seatbelt when one is available, will most likely get into crashes and are then most likely to die.
I agree lowering the age when people learns to drink. I do not know what the hell happens in the US concerning alcohol, I think is a cultural thing. Our drinking age in Spain was 16 until recently. Now its is 18, the same to vote or smoke (I think it got raised too).
We grow up in Spain with the wine going around the table. As little kids, it is common to get drunk eventually, because you ended up taking sips from our parents wine (specially if they were not looking). Nobody called the cops, nobody got their children custody taken away from them. We learned since childhood how to handle the wine. We have alcoholics, of course, but we know how to drink
If somebody wants to get wasted, get wasted in a friend's house or your own house. I can not understand those fucks who drink and drive. I drink like a fish sometimes, and then, I do not even take the car
Actually, the age is set by each state. However, back in the 1980s, the USG passed law that prohibits certain highway funding to states who allow person younger than 21 to legally obtain and consume alcoholic beverages. In other words, each state has to decide if allowing persons under 21 to drink is more or less important than general highway safety.
Why does 21 make no sense? After seeing how the idiots acted at college, I was convinced even before my 21st birthday that the drinking age is probably too low. It should probably be more like 25. Enough people getting killed in car crashes as it is, I don't need any more hip youngsters driving around drunk like a bunch of idiots, taking innocent lives because they feel invincible with their youth.
It's not about a drinking age. It's about societal tolerance to drink. Parts of Europe have arguably lowers drink binging rates because kids drink the stuff on occasion in light amounts and by the time they reach the age when teens/youths countries like Britain or America are expected to just go completely shitfaced insane on the stuff and puke in the gutter they just go "why? It's only wine. What's so special about it?" and find it boring enough to just drink sensibly without getting wasted.
It's a culture thing, not an age restriction thing.
A friend of mine, who grew up in Spain, then moved to England, mentioned something along that line. Basically, public attitude towards drinking is more lax in Spain than in England. As a matter of fact, Spanish drinking establishments stay up much longer than their British counterpart. However, binge drinking is much less common in Spain than in England. Consequently, drinking culture in Spain is not a big deal, but it is an entirely a different matter in England.
Lol. Yes. I am an Spaniard and alcohol is not a big deal there. We grow up with it, specially wine on the table. They serve beer in McDonal's too (I do not see it here).
Eventually you get drunk as a kid in some kind of celebration (first communions, weddings) a result of children going around, taking sips of wine from the parent's glass (we were sneaky little fucks). Nobody gets charged for this, no parents get accused of child abuse. The wine is everywhere, it is not a big deal. My family made it and everybody tried it. I forgot how many times I got wasted by accident as a kid. The legal age for drinking was 16, they raised it to 18, but the teens are not so eager to get cooked like in other places.
I like the gradual Spanish approach to teenage drinking. This is much better than have a youngster get totally wasted in his/her very first drinking episode. This sudden binge can also be dangerous as one has yet to develop some tolerance, let alone knowing when to stop. (This has something to do with ethanol metabolism, I think. There is a time lag between feeling the negative effects of hangover and the beginning of a drinking episode. Not a good situation to be in for someone inexperienced.)