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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    My grandfather came to this country from Eastern Europe at the age of 17. At 17 he already knew how to make wine. It was part of his upbringing. He continued to do so and part of our family tradition before drinking age wine was served with special meals. He was quite the little ole winemaker.

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    My father was a severe alcoholic who drank himself to death literally.
    And that sucks but it should not be used to justify denying others a right to teach their children about alcohol and drinking responsibly or denying access to alcohol to adults (18 year olds are legal adults). My great grandmother drank a glass of wine or a beer every day of her adult life (at least) until she died in her 90s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    And that sucks but it should not be used to justify denying others a right to teach their children about alcohol and drinking responsibly or denying access to alcohol to adults (18 year olds are legal adults). My great grandmother drank a glass of wine or a beer every day of her adult life (at least) until she died in her 90s.
    You have it backwards. Your experience is NOT the norm. A lot of parents are NOT responsible. Your suggestion is irresponsible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Lowering the drinking age does absolutely NOTHING to help society. In fact, it has much more potential to make things worse. Why anyone would support that is beyond my comprehension.
    Because the drinking age doesn't just affect when a person can drink. You haven't had to face the humility of not being able to enter a restaurant just because you were under 21 but not accompanied by parents apparently. I have. In fact, it sucks. I had no intention to drink, yet I couldn't go in because they are too concerned with the law that says those under 21 cannot drink to recognize that 18-20 year olds live on their own, in fact, live in their own apartments and have jobs.
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    Oh and BTW, there is NO such right that children should be able to drink alcohol. That is incredibly . . . I don't even know what. I can't even believe people would suggest such a thing. It's retarded IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    You have it backwards. Your experience is NOT the norm. A lot of parents are NOT responsible. Your suggestion is irresponsible.
    There are a lot of responsible parents out there, otherwise we would have plenty more alcohol related incidents involving teens. You simply do not hear about the incidents where the children/teens are taught to drink responsibly because they are actually drinking responsibly and not doing something that becomes newsworthy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Because the drinking age doesn't just affect when a person can drink. You haven't had to face the humility of not being able to enter a restaurant just because you were under 21 but not accompanied by parents apparently. I have. In fact, it sucks. I had no intention to drink, yet I couldn't go in because they are too concerned with the law that says those under 21 cannot drink to recognize that 18-20 year olds live on their own, in fact, live in their own apartments and have jobs.
    Oh my. That is just SO sad. That has to be the most SILLY thing I've heard yet. OH THE HORROR!

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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Oh and BTW, there is NO such right that children should be able to drink alcohol. That is incredibly . . . I don't even know what. I can't even believe people would suggest such a thing. It's retarded IMO.
    18 year olds are not children. Legally, they are adults. Heck, 13 year olds really aren't children. They are teens.

    And I'm not even saying that children or even those under 18 should be allowed to purchase alcohol or drink outside their homes, but if their parents want to give them a sip of wine for a special occasion, then it should be up to the parent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Oh my. That is just SO sad. That has to be the most SILLY thing I've heard yet. OH THE HORROR!
    Yes, it is silly, that fear of teenagers drinking leads to such stupid policies or laws even. It is retarded and wrong to restrict alcohol from adults just because some don't approve and wish to in fact go back to prohibition if they could. 18 year olds are adults.
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    Re: Legal drinking age?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    There are a lot of responsible parents out there, otherwise we would have plenty more alcohol related incidents involving teens. You simply do not hear about the incidents where the children/teens are taught to drink responsibly because they are actually drinking responsibly and not doing something that becomes newsworthy.
    Because that is not what normally happens, and there is NO benefit to society by introducing people at a young age to alcohol. It only increases their chances of becoming addicts. There is no necessity for people to drink in the first place. You DO realize that some people don't even drink?

    Also, there are loads of irresponsible parents and teens out there, which is clearly demonstrated every single day. MOST kids are going to party. That is in their nature, and they are going to get drunk. THOSE are facts, whether you want to admit it or not. Children are risk takers, and they WILL in most instances drink to excess. There is absolutely no need and no benefit to introducing them to alcohol at an early age. It is just stupidity.

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