What should the legal drinking age be?

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  • May 21, 2007 at 10:11 am #495521 Back to Top REPORT



    Joined: 5/24/2004
    I was wondering…
    What is the legal drinking age in your state?
    What do you think the legal drinking age should be?

    Here in Switzerland, the legal drinking age is 16 for beer & wine and 18 for hard liquor.
    I like that and think it’s just right. Kids grow up under the tutelage of their parents with a normalized relationship to alcohol (It’s nothing special) in a society in which alcoholic beverages are a normal part of social life, and not when they are finally off on their own, or secretively.

    I have a son who will be turning 18 in a couple of days, and he’s been drinking a beer with me occasionally, or sometimes a glass of wine at the dinner table with us for the last 2 years. Over the weekend he had some friends over for an evening of poker, all of them having several beers, having some good wholesome fun. It’s good to have him and his friends around like that. I don’t have to worry at all about him. It’s in an open, trusting and responsible way.
    However, you’re not allowed to drive here until you’re 18. Thus kids have experience with alcohol before they drive and law enforcement against DUI is very strict, and it is not anywhere near as much of problem as in the US, at least not as much as in Montana.

    In Montana, my home state, the drinking age is 21, and I find kids (or more precisely young adults’) relationship to alcohol is in many cases really messed up there. We have lots of cases of binge drinking (a concept that doesn’t even exist here) when they are finally allowed to drink (or often before too), and the underage kids do it secretively anyway (without their parents supervision) and illegally. Since bar owners can lose their licenses if they sell even a beer to 18-21 y olds, these young adults go else where, in private to drink, and many of them end up getting DUIs, and endangering others on the road. Montana happens to have one of the worst records in the country for drunk driving.

    So, you are considered an adult at 18, you can vote, you can own weapons, you can sign up to serve your country in the military, but you still can’t have a beer.
    I think that’s pretty weird.

    Tox.

    May 21, 2007 at 10:43 am #512791 Back to Top REPORT
    indiana-redneck
    indiana redneck

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    Here the legal age is 21 & thats where i think it should stay. [=}=]
    May 21, 2007 at 10:50 am #512792 Back to Top REPORT
    jeff-k-in-il
    Jeff K in IL

    Age: 26
    Joined: 11/1/2005
    I think if I can go into the United States Armed Forces and fight for our country, I should be able to legally drink if I choose to do so.. [=}=]
    May 21, 2007 at 11:33 am #512793 Back to Top REPORT
    pa_mathews_man
    PA_MATHEWS_MAN

    Joined: 2/22/2005
    If Your old enough to die for your country…You should be old enough to have a damn drink….
    May 21, 2007 at 11:54 am #512794 Back to Top REPORT
    finn
    Finn

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    If Your old enough to die for your country…You should be nold enough to have a damn drink….

    :agree ;)

    May 21, 2007 at 12:57 pm #512795 Back to Top REPORT
    sticks
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    I’m with Jeff and Alan on this. If you can pick up a weapon, stand a post and put your life on the line for your country the least you can do is have a beer!
    How are you living your Dash?
    May 21, 2007 at 1:17 pm #512796 Back to Top REPORT
    nippers
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    Growing up, the drinking age used to be 18…..in Hawaii………about 3 years after I graduated, the age changed to 21. There must have been a reason for the change…….and I’m sure money wasn’t that reason.

    Granted the age didn’t make a difference for me, since I was purchasing my own stuff since I was 14. But I think that back then, parents were doing just as the word suggests……..which is PARENTING (yes, I found out that my parents knew that I was buying my own stuff). There were consequences for everything that was considered “bad form” and trust me, you never wanted to be at the end of the “consequence stick”. My parents never expected my teachers to be responsible for anything but my grades……unlike now days. I’m sure that there are many out there who stil parent, but for the most part, the majority that I’ve seen really don’t anymore. Many families have both parents working, or are single parent families, and have to work and be away to make ends meet……..but there are always exceptions to the rule and I know of many such families who still parent……which is really a breath of fresh air.

    Okay, off my soap box now :oops:

    back on topic………..I didn’t have a problem with the younger drinking age back then, but now, I realize that I really wasn’t responsible enough back then to drink……even at the age of 18………….I did a lot of drinking and driving and even though I never got stopped, or caught……..I see now just how wrong it was……..even though back then I “felt” that I could handle being behind the wheel and still drive responsibly even when inebriated.

    Of course, who’s to say that the addition of the 3 years to make the drinking age legal is what it takes, but back when I was around that age, there was a big difference in my own maturity level………..of course, I don’t notice that difference in young adults now days……….but then again I guess I’m just an old fuddy duddy now :oops: :oops: :oops:

    I don’t think that there’s really a “set” age that proves to be the turning point for having one become “mature”…….since I know many 50 yr olds that are more immature than many 17yr olds……..I’m just glad that I’m not the one in charge of making these decisions………. [=}=]

    May 21, 2007 at 1:29 pm #512797 Back to Top REPORT
    lone-wolf
    Lone Wolf

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    The first time i got drunk i was 15 yrs. old. [8-}] [8-}] [8-}] …I still think that they legalized the wrong drug ;) :D …..i have to go with Alan and JeffK on this one…………. :thumbup……Nippers pretty much summed it up also……..
    Somewhere in the mountains of West Virginia....
    May 21, 2007 at 3:30 pm #512798 Back to Top REPORT
    carbon-arch
    CARBON-ARCH

    Joined: 10/10/2004
    I think 21 is good age. [=}=]
    May 21, 2007 at 4:03 pm #512799 Back to Top REPORT

    BaMaBoWHuNTeR

    Joined: 6/12/2006
    Definately 18 IMO….. [=}=]
    May 21, 2007 at 4:39 pm #512800 Back to Top REPORT



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    The first time i got drunk i was 15 yrs. old. [8-}] [8-}] [8-}]
    …I still think that they legalized the wrong drug ;) :D [/quote:3862z3rb]

    I was 16……and nobody got hurt. :^O

    As for legalizing the wrong drug, I agree.
    Alcohol is so much more damaging to society in every way.

    BTW, here in Switzerland we have been in a kind of legal limbo in that regard
    for the last couple of years. The equivalent of the Swiss Senate has voted to legalize it,
    but the Swiss House hasn’t found a way to acceptably write it into law. After all,
    they want to control it and collect taxes, but how do ya do that
    if you can grow it in your backyard.

    So currently it’s still illegal, but it’s usage isn’t being prosecuted anymore.
    After all, do you wanna criminalize your own kids (or for that matter otherwise productive
    members of society) just because they wanna get high? Who’s the victim?
    Today prosecution is considered stupid, wasteful of resources
    and counterproductive by the majority of the Swiss people.

    Tox.

    May 21, 2007 at 4:55 pm #512801 Back to Top REPORT
    bowork
    BO@WORK

    Joined: 11/18/2005
    If Your old enough to die for your country…You should be old enough to have a damn drink….

    I agree!!!!! Well said Brotha! :thumbup

    May 21, 2007 at 4:57 pm #512802 Back to Top REPORT
    dodgegirl
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    Kids are going to drink weather they are 21 or not. It just makes it a little harder.
    May 21, 2007 at 5:04 pm #512803 Back to Top REPORT



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    If Your old enough to die for your country…
    You should be old enough to have a damn drink….[/quote:3te2ou3e]
    I agree!!!!! Well said Brotha! :thumbup[/quote:3te2ou3e]

    Yeah, that really is the bottom line, isn’t it? :thumbup

    Tox.

    May 21, 2007 at 5:21 pm #512804 Back to Top REPORT
    jeff-k-in-il
    Jeff K in IL

    Age: 26
    Joined: 11/1/2005
    The first time i got drunk i was 15 yrs. old. [8-}] [8-}] [8-}] …I still think that they legalized the wrong drug ;) :D …..i have to go with Alan and JeffK on this one…………. :thumbup……Nippers pretty much summed it up also……..

    That smiley, Marlin is hilarious… :^O :^O :^O

    The first time I was drunk was at the age of 18, I did not drink a lot throughout high school, and last summer was the first time I got drunk. It was under supervised conditions I must say, nothing bad happen (besides my embarrasment) and my girlfriends family got a good laugh out of it! #-o

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